Legal Aid Solicitors Scotland

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.

Legal Aid Solicitors Glasgow

Legal aid solicitors GlasgowLegal services can be expensive, especially when there is a case that involves solicitors attending court.

Luckily The Scottish Legal Aid Board provides legal aid to individuals who cannot afford to pay solicitors to provide them with advice/representation.

We are legal aid solicitors that are based in an office in Glasgow. Each of our legal aid solicitors are fully qualified in all forms of cases based on Scots law. This includes both criminal proceedings and civil cases.

Criminal legal aid – Criminal legal aid is available for both advice and representation at court hearings in Glasgow. With the support of legal aid, our solicitors are able to provide you, our client with advice before you are even formally interviewed by the police. Our team of solicitors can appear with you from custody and we can even defend you at trial.

Civil Legal Aid – This is available in the form of legal aid advice and assistance from our legal aid solicitors and is generally before your case gets to court. Civil cases can range from family law disputes, personal injury, evictions and repossessions, immigration and asylum, mental health issues, human rights claims and contact disputes. If your matter cannot be resolves reasonably and your case will be heard by a court then our legal aid solicitors will make an application for you to the Scottish Legal Aid Board for Civil Legal Aid.

Contact us

If you would like to make an appointment to come into our firm in Glasgow to speak to our legal aid solicitors then simply contact us today.

Legal Aid Agency Scotland

Legal aid allows people to get financial help for their legal problems. In the majority of cases a solicitor will offer to help through legal aid which is funded by SLAB ( Scottish Legal Aid Board) who are the main legal aid agency.

SLAB who is the main legal aid agency can offer legal aid for both criminal and civil cases.

Civil assistance – This helps people in Scotland to get legal advice and the help of a solicitor to resolve their problem and if necessary, to take their civil case to court.

Examples of some civil cases include:

  • Divorces and other matters that affect families and children
  • Trying to get compensation for injuries after an accident or for medical negligence
  • Housing matters for example rent/mortgage arrears, repairs and eviction
  • Debt and welfare rights
  • Matters relating to immigration, nationality and asylum
  • Adults with incapacity – guardianship and intervention orders

Criminal legal assistance – This helps people who need legal advice or representation if they have been questioned by the police or they have been charged with a criminal offence.

When you are applying for legal aid in Scotland, it’s essential that the information about your circumstances are complete and accurate. If there are any changes then you must also tell the legal aid agency where appropriate.

If the legal aid agency find that you have made a false statement or have held back information about your case or circumstances then they may stop the legal aid that has been given to you and there is a chance that you will have to repay the full costs of the case. You could also potentially face criminal charges as a result of this.

The legal aid agency SLAB have a duty to make sure that public money in Scotland is properly spent which means that they 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.

Here at our solicitors we have been helping our clients with applying for legal aid for several years now. With our knowledge, we are the perfect candidates for offering you advice and help with your legal aid application.

If you wish for us to act on your behalf then just make an appointment to come into our firm in Glasgow today. One of our solicitors will then discuss your circumstances along with your case and will get started on an application with you.

You can make an appointment with one of our solicitors by filling out our contact form or alternatively by giving us a call.