Legal Aid For Welfare Benefits Glasgow

Ignore what you’ve heard; legal aid isn’t just available to those involved in a criminal case. In fact, there is a range of instances in which you may be entitled to legal aid. You just need to do your research and know the facts. Fortunately, the team at Legal Aid Glasgow are here to guide you in the right direction. You may be entitled to legal aid for welfare benefits in Glasgow and not know about it. This could mean that you’re missing out in funds available to help you. Obviously, this isn’t an ideal scenario. While this page does contain a brief outline, for more in-depth expert information, please feel free to get in contact with our team of solicitors. They’ll be able to help you out with the technicalities of your specific welfare benefit case.

What is Legal Aid?

Legal Aid is the payment of public funds to help pay for legal advice or proceedings to those in need. It can cover the costs of family mediation, legal advice and representation in a tribunal or court. In order to get legal aid, you need to be able to prove that your case is eligible, that the problem is serious and that you cannot afford to pay for legal costs yourself. Legal aid for welfare benefits in Glasgow isn’t the easiest of cases to get legal aid, but it can be done. If you contact our team for guidance, they’ll be able to assist you.

Why wouldn’t it be available in some cases?

It’s done on a case by case basis and is really dependent on the circumstances on the person applying. The reason there is a complication when it comes to welfare benefits cases is due to a law introduced in 2012. The ‘Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act’ removed free legal assistance in cases of First-tier Tribunal (FTT) welfare benefit appeals. Unfortunately, this change led to a lot of restrictions. However, it doesn’t mean that legal aid is totally ruled out for those in the midst of a welfare benefit appeal.

How can Legal Aid Glasgow help?

There are still some circumstances in which you can obtain legal aid for welfare benefits in Glasgow. You’re usually able to get legal aid if you need assistance on the preparation on an Upper Tribunal or to receive advice on whether to submit an application for an Upper Tribunal. There are also circumstances known as Exceptional Case Funding (EFC) in welfare benefits cases. Legal Aid is available in cases where without it, there would be a breach of individuals rights under the European Convention on Human Rights or under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. If you get in contact with our team of solicitors, they’ll be able to explain this to you in depth and see if you are possibly applicable.

Legal Aid For Welfare Benefits Scotland

There appears to be a common perception within the public that legal aid is only available for criminal cases, and no longer available for anything else like welfare cases. It is true that the ‘Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act’ introduced in 2012 did remove free legal help for FTT (First-tier Tribunal) welfare benefit appeals, however that doesn’t mean that there aren’t exceptions. There is a fairly long list of exceptions and loopholes, and it would be daft to not take advantage of them. We offer legal aid for welfare benefits in Scotland for those who qualify, and we can offer advice to those who don’t.  

Welfare benefit cases do have some restrictions when it comes to legal aid, but that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. You can still get full legal aid when it comes to certain circumstances. You can receive legal aid to assist in the preparation of Upper Tribunal cases prior to the hearing, and you can also receive funding in order to obtain advice on whether to submit an application for an appeal to the Upper Tribunal. Additionally, there are exceptional situations in which legal aid will be allowed in cases in which it is necessary for the claimants case to be presented effectively. We know it can be difficult to comprehend when or how your welfare case may be eligible for legal aid, but if you get in contact with us we will be able to offer you a straightforward answer.

We are highly experienced solicitors and know the welfare system in Scotland like the back of our hand. You can ask for advice from us with complete confidence that we can give you the best information available. All cases will be handled confidently and professionally, and you won’t have to worry about high fees for available legal aid.

To make an appointment to meet with one of our expert solicitors, or to ask for more information on the legal advice that we can offer, please feel free to fill out our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Wrongful Arrest Legal Aid Scotland

Being detained by the police can be a terrifying experience, particularly if it has been done unlawfully or with unnecessary aggression. If you’ve been accused of a crime and face potentially going to prison, it is important that you know your rights. While it is important that you obtain legal advice from a solicitor, this doesn’t have to cost you a ton, especially if you are eligible for legal aid. Here at Legal Aid Glasgow, we are experts and know that you are entitled to wrongful arrest legal aid in Scotland.

What is Legal Aid?

Legal Aid is a payment from public funds to help those who require it manage to afford their legal fees. Legal aid can help meet the costs of legal advice, pay for representation in court or provide funds for family mediation. In order to obtain it you will usually need to be able to show that your case is eligible for legal aid, that the case is ‘serious’ enough to warrant it and that you are not able to pay for legal costs yourself. To apply for legal aid in Scotland you’ll need to locate a solicitor that caters for those who require it. They’ll advise you on your options and let you know if you are likely to be able to get it.

Wrongful Arrest Legal Aid

Looking at wrongful arrest legal aid in Scotland specifically, this type of case would fall under the broader category of criminal cases. For these, legal aid would be permitted to assist in the funding of legal advice and representation in court. In order for criminal legal aid to be granted, your case needs to fit at least one of the criteria set by the Scottish Government. First of all, if it is a ‘serious’ case, you will usually be granted criminal legal aid. How serious a case is regarded is dependent on the possible outcomes. A case will be considered serious if you are likely to either go to prison if convicted or likely to lose your job if convicted. You are also entitled to this type of aid if you are physically unable to defend yourself, or unable to follow what is happening throughout the trial due to a physical or mental disability or English not being your first language. If you are being kept in custody until trial or you want to appeal against a decision already made by the court, these situations will also grant you eligibility for legal aid.

If it’s a minor offence, like a motoring offence, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to get any assistance with legal costs.  

Contact Us

Be it for more information on wrongful arrest legal aid in Scotland or welfare legal aid in Scotland, we here at Legal Aid Glasgow are happy to help. 

 

Legal Assistance Scotland

Legal Aid

Legal aid gives you help that you could need if you can’t afford to pay your own legal costs.

Our solicitors specialise in cases in Scotland and will talk you through your options and let you know whether or not you are likely to get legal aid. If you are then they can help you with the application process.

To be eligible for legal aid you will need to show that you can’t afford to pay for your legal assistance or representation yourself.

Depending on your circumstances you may have to pay some money towards the legal costs of your case or you may have to pay the costs back later on. It could be that you may not need to pay anything at all however, this does depend on your financial position and the type of legal assistance it is that you require.

What Legal Aid Covers

Legal aid covers both civil and criminal cases in Scotland. The type that you need depends on the help that you need.

Advice & Assistance

This helps to pay for advice from one of our solicitors on any matter that you may have whether it is civil or criminal.

As well as being able to give you advice, one of our solicitors can:

  • Give you advice on whether or not you have a legal case to take forward
  • Try to negotiate with the other party to settle it
  • Give you advice on whether or not to apply for legal aid to take the matter to court
  • Write letters for you or get medical/expert reports
  • Apply on your behalf for civil legal aid

Contact Us

If you have a case in Scotland that you need legal assistance/representation for then get in touch with our solicitors today.

 

Legal Assistance Glasgow

Legal Aid

Legal aid is when legal assistance is provided to people in Glasgow who are unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system.

Applying for legal aid help to pay for your solicitor to act for you in court. It covers all of the preparation work as well as the court hearing itself and it can provide funding for advocates and experts if required.

Legal Advice & Assistance

Legal assistance can be used in a number of different instances, for example, to try and settle a dispute for you without having to go to court.

As well as being able to advise you on the matter that you have, one of our solicitors can:

  • Advise you on whether or not you have a legal case to take forward
  • Negotiate on your behalf with the other party to try and settle the matter
  • Advise you on whether or not you have to apply for legal aid to take the matter to court
  • Write letters for you or get medical/expert reports
  • Apply on your behalf for legal aid

Solicitors in Glasgow

We are solicitors based in Glasgow who have experience in dealing with both civil and criminal cases.

There are only some people who just need advice and assistance whether there are others who need just legal aid and some of them need both. Many people tend to start the legal process with advice and assistance who then move on to legal aid.

One of our team of solicitors will happily discuss your case with you and give you advice, assistance and representation if required. Simply give us a call and we will arrange for you to come into our offices in Glasgow today.

Criminal Legal Aid Glasgow

At a police station in Glasgow

If you are going to be interviewed by the police under caution or you have been arrested then you are always entitled to free legal advice and representation. There is certain circumstances where you are interviewed about a minor offence where this right will be limited to advice over the phone.

Police station and court

There are a lot of cases where the police will release you from the police station to make further enquiries before a decision is made on whether or not to proceed with a case against you. When this happens you will be placed on a pre-charge unconditional bail whilst the enquiries take place.

During this time the work that may be required won’t be covered by the police station advice and assistance scheme, however, legal aid may fund your legal advice and assistance.

Magistrates court

For you to be able to get legal aid there has to be an application made to the court. One of the solicitors at our firm in Glasgow can help you with this.

For you to be able to get legal aid for the magistrates court the application will be subject to two tests, the first being called the “interests of justice”. This is where they will determine whether or not your case is serious enough for you to need full legal representation.

There are a number of different instances where you may not pass the first test for example driving document offences, minor public order act offences and being drunk and disorderly. Typically it’s judged on whether or not you are charged with a non-imprisonable offence or not. If you are charged with an indictable only offence which is an offence that can only be heard in the crown court then your case will always satisfy the first test.

The second test comes down to your income, meaning that you won’t be granted legal aid if you are earning too much money. If you are receiving income based jobseekers allowance, income support or a guaranteed pensions then you will be entitled financially to legal aid.

Crown court

If your case goes to the crown court for trial then you will automatically qualify for legal aid representation once you have completed an application form. After you have been tested you may have to pay towards the cost of your defence, this could be from your income whilst the case is on-going and/or from your capital if you are convicted.

You will be asked to provide evidence of your income and your assets and if you don’t then your payments could be increased – resulting in you paying more towards your defence costs.

You have to pay towards the costs if your monthly disposible income is above a certain level. If this is the case then you will receive a contribution order from the court and you’ll be expected to make the payments that are required under this order.

If there are any changes to your financial circumstances during your case then you must tell the court about it as a change may affect the amount that you have to pay towards your defence costs. If you don’t think that you can afford to pay or you think that a mistake has been made then you can ask for a review of the amount that the court has told you to pay.

At the end of the case – if you are found not guilty then any payments that you have made will be refunded to you with interest. If you have paid late or not at all and action was taken against you then the cost of this action will be deducted from the refund.

If you are found guilty then you may have to pay towards your defence costs from any capital assets you have, however, this only would apply if you have £30,000 or more assets or the payments that you have already made haven’t covered the entire cost of defence. Typically at the end of the court case you will be told if you have to make a payment from capital.

Our firm

At our firm in Glasgow we have been representing clients in criminal cases for several years now. With a wealth of experience in dealing with the legal aid board, we are in the best position to give you advice on whether or not you would be eligible for legal aid. Our solicitors can also put in an application on your behalf and represent you for your case should you be charged with a criminal offence.

Contact us

To speak to one of our solicitors simply fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you.

 

Legal Aid For Divorce Glasgow

Legal aid can be made available towards the legal costs of divorce or dissolution, however, for you to be eligible you will be assessed on the basis of how much income, savings, investments and valuables you have.

When it comes to legal aid for divorce there are two kinds of legal aid help that is available to you and to others in Glasgow, these are as follows:

  • Advice and assistance
  • Civil legal aid

Advice and assistance

This helps to pay for advice from a solicitor to try and settle a dispute for you without going to court. As well as being able to advise you about the divorce, your solicitor can:

  • Give you advice on whether or not you have a legal case to take forward
  • Try to negotiate with the other party to settle the dispute
  • Advise you on whether or not you can apply for legal aid to take the matter to court
  • Write letters for you
  • Apply on your behalf for civil legal aid

Civil legal aid

This helps you to pay for a solicitor to act on your behalf at court. Civil legal aid for divorce covers all of the preparation work as well as the hearing itself and funding for advocates and experts can also be available if needed.

For civil legal aid you will have to qualify financially and you may have to pay a contribution towards the cost of the case. If you win or keep money in the case then it’s more than likely that you will have to pay up to the full cost of the work that has been done for you.

Solicitors

We are solicitors situated in Glasgow who are able to apply for legal aid on your behalf. We are able to offer you advice and assistance and can even represent you in court if required.

We have been helping clients in Glasgow with their divorces for several years now and have both a wealth of experience and a solid reputation for the standard of representation and advice that we provide to all of our clients.

When you come to us you can expect one of our solicitors to take the time out to discuss your divorce in greater depth. At this point they’ll offer you advice and will discuss legal aid with you. If they feel that you would be eligible for legal aid then you can expect them to apply for this on your behalf.

Contact us

To make an appointment to see one of our solicitors at our firm in Glasgow, simply fill out our contact form.

 

Legal Services Scotland

slider3We are a law practice that can help people with both civil and criminal cases all over Scotland. If you are in need of legal services then you can expect one of our solicitors to speak with you to provide some free initial advice.

As experienced solicitors, we know the courts in Scotland and how they operate. We are regularly instructed to appear at courts and tribunals in Scotland, so you can have complete confidence that your legal issue will be handled professionally with cost-effective advice and representation provided throughout.

We are able to provide a comprehensive range of legal services for both criminal and civil cases. These services include:

  • Giving you advice on your rights and options along with help with any negotiating
  • Speaking on your behalf at court without formally representing you
  • Help with family mediation, this involves coming to an agreement in a family dispute after your relationship has broken down without going to court
  • Being represented by one of our solicitors at court
  • Being represented by one of our solicitors at mental tribunal proceedings or before the first-tier tribunal in asylum or immigration cases

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We are able to offer our legal services for competitive prices or we can apply for legal aid on your behalf if you think that you will need help with the cost of our services. There are a number of factors that the legal aid board take into consideration when someone is applying for legal aid for example your income, whether or not you are receiving any benefits and your capital (savings). We will discuss this with you when you come to us for an initial consultation.

To make an appointment to see one of our solicitors or to ask us a question about our legal services, simply fill out our contact form. Our solicitors will then get back to you soon afterwards.

 

 

Legal Services Glasgow

slider2Our firm is currently the leading provider of legal advice and services to individuals and families in Glasgow and in the rest of Scotland. This success is due to the firm’s continued focus on meeting the needs of each and every client who comes to us for our legal services.

Our team of solicitors in our Glasgow based firm, are there to provide advice and/or representation at the most important and sometimes difficult times in our clients’ lives. Whatever circumstances have brought you to our solicitors, you can expect our team to strive to offer a highly personal and considered approach.

We can offer our legal services for both civil and criminal cases, with there being different types of services available. We go into depth about the different types of services below.

Civil cases

For civil cases, we are able to offer:

  • Legal help – This service is where you will receive advice on your rights and options and help with negotiating
  • Help at court – This service is where one of our solicitors will speak on your behalf at court however, our solicitors wouldn’t be formally representing you
  • Family mediation – This is where our solicitors will help you to come to an agreement in a family dispute after your relationship has broken down without it going as far as court. Family mediation is particularly useful if you want to resolve problems that involve children, money and the family home
  • Legal representation – This service is where one of our solicitors will represent you at court
  • Controlled legal representation – This involves representation at mental health tribunal proceedings or before the first-tier tribunal in an asylum or immigration case

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Criminal cases

For criminal cases, we are able to provide the following legal services:

  • Representation order – This is where our solicitors will represent you. In order for you to qualify for this service in the magistrates’ court you must meet financial conditions
  • Advocacy assistance – This service covers the cost of us preparing your case and initial representation in particular cases for example prisoners that are facing disciplinary charges, prisoners with a life sentence who are referred to the parole board or who warrant further detention. For you to be eligible for advocacy assistance, you don’t have to meet any financial conditions unless it’s a prison hearing
  • Free advice and representation at the magistrates’ court – If you haven’t had legal advice before your case comes up at the magistrates’ court then you will be allowed free legal advice and representation by the court duty solicitor. This doesn’t apply to less serious cases for example minor driving offences, however, it can cover cases like the non-payment of council tax. There are no financial conditions that have to be met in order for you to be eligible for this service

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We charge competitive prices for each of our legal services, however, we do take on cases that involve the client applying for legal aid.

Legal aid can be of great benefit for clients in Glasgow who simply do not have the funds to pay out for legal representation although there are a number of conditions that have to be met in order for you to be eligible for it. For you to be eligible for legal aid, your income and capital must be within certain limits.

If you or your partner are getting benefits then your income will not be looked at to see if you qualify for legal aid however, you can expect your capital to still be looked at. If you have income then you can expect your gross monthly income to be taken into account which is the income that you receive before tax and national insurance are taken off.

For more information on our legal services, just make an appointment to come into our firm today by filling out our contact form.

 

 

Legal Aid Scotland

Legal aid in Scotland can be given for both civil cases and criminal cases.

The benefit of legal aid is that it allows you to receive advice and/or representation in court despite you not being able to afford the legal fees.

Civil legal assistance in Scotland

This helps you get legal advice and the help of a solicitor if your civil case needs to be taken to court. The civil legal aid helps to pay for your solicitor to act on your behalf and covers the preparation work as well as the hearing itself. It can also provide funding for advocates and experts if required.

Criminal legal assistance in Scotland

If you are going to be interviewed by the police under caution or you have been arrested then you will be entitled to free legal advice and representation. Criminal legal aid helps to pay for your solicitor to act on your behalf and will cover the preparation work as well as the hearing itself, it will also offer funding for advocates and experts if they are required.

Do I qualify?

One of our solicitors will tell you if you qualify however, it’s more than likely that you will qualify if:

  • Your savings and anything of value that you own are worth less than a set amount
  • You receive certain benefits
  • Your weekly income after you pay bills and allowances is less than a set amount

When you come to our firm in Glasgow, one of our solicitors will sit down with you and discuss legal aid. We will then fill in application forms about your case and your financial situation and send them to the SLAB – Scottish Legal Aid Board.

SLAB will then assess your application and get back to us on whether or not you have been successful.

In order for legal aid to be successful, SLAB will have to decide that:

  • You qualify financially
  • You have a legal basis for your case
  • It is reasonable to use public funds to support your case
  • Help is not available to you from someone else

Get in touch with us

If you are in Scotland and would like to find out if you are eligible for legal aid then why not make an appointment to come into our law firm in Glasgow and speak to one of our solicitors?

Just get in touch with us by filling out our contact form or you can give us a call and we’ll get you booked in at the most convenient time for you.