What legal aid is
Legal aid allows people in Scotland access to legal help when they need it and is normally for people who would struggle/cannot pay the costs of this help.
Typically The Scottish Legal Aid Board will provide funding to help people who qualify for legal advice and representation from a solicitor.
Different types of legal aid
The main types of legal aid are criminal and civil.
Civil legal aid helps people in Scotland to get legal advice and representation in civil cases. This can cover cases such as family law, divorce, child contact and residence, interdict, compensation claims, guardianship and eviction actions.
Civil legal assistance includes both advice and assistance along with civil legal aid.
Criminal legal assistance helps people who have been charged with a criminal offence to get legal advice and representation in court.
Who is eligible
Whether or not you are eligible depends on your income, whether or not you are receiving any benefits and your savings.
The Scottish Legal Aid Board will check with the department for work and pensions, councils, employers and any other relevant third party that the information that you have given is true. So it is important that the information you are giving about your case or circumstances is true because if it isn’t then there is not only a chance that you will have to repay the full costs of the case but you may also face criminal charges as a result.
Legal aid solicitors
We are legal aid solicitors who can help clients in Scotland with their legal aid application. We are able to act on you, our clients behalf which means that we can offer you advice and can represent you if you are going to court.
When you come to our firm we will discuss your case in greater depth along with your circumstances. From this information we will then be able to determine whether or not you are eligible for legal aid and apply on your behalf.
As legal aid solicitors, we will be able to answer any questions that you may have about legal aid or the process.
Make an appointment with our solicitors
If you would like to come into our firm to discuss legal aid with one of our solicitors then simply fill out our contact form. A member of our team will then be in touch with discuss the suitable appointments that we have available.