07.09.2009 JL Solicitors, Legal Aid No Comments

What is Legal Aid (Part 1)

Legal Aid refers to money allocated by the Government to help pay for certain types of legal services when people cannot afford to pay for those services themselves.  The various Legal Aid Schemes are operated by the Legal Services Commission (LSC).  This means that people may be able to obtain either free or partially free legal assistance if they have no income, or are on low incomes, and do not have substantial financial savings or property assets.

It was originally called Legal Aid but you may have come across such terms as Public Funding, Community Funding and Community Funding Certificates, which in general all refer to the same thing.  Here at JL Solicitors we believe in calling things what they are to avoid confusion so that people can easily understand us.  We therefore use the term Legal Aid to refer to all forms of Legal Aid.

Unfortunately, JL Solicitors do not currently offer Legal Aid services.  However, we do intend to offer a Legal Aid service in the field of Immigration Law in the near future (for more information please keep an eye on our Legal Aid posts in our News section).

In the meantime, if you are having problems finding suitable Legal Aid assistance then please feel free to contact us as we are happy to help you in your search.  Alternatively, you may contact the LSC’s Community Legal Advice helpline on 0845 345 4345.

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