Legal Aid Solicitors
HRS Family Law Solicitors are one of the few remaining Legal Aid solicitors. If you can’t afford traditional legal fees we may be able to apply for Legal Aid on your behalf. Book a first free appointment today to see if you qualify for Legal Aid.
We Can Offer Legal Aid
Successive Governments have systematically reduced the provision of Legal Aid over many years but there is still help to be had. HRS Family law Solicitors are one of the largest Legal Aid solicitors left. If you qualify for Legal Aid you can be certain we will secure it for you.
Legal Aid is support from the government in paying your legal fees. If you qualify for Legal Aid the Government will pay for 100% of your legal fees. To find out more about who qualifies look at the ‘Who qualifies for Legal Aid’ section. For some examples of how we have helped clients obtain Legal Aid, take a look at the Case Studies section. For general FAQs about Legal Aid check out the FAQs section. Or, if you’d like to speak to a solicitor about Legal Aid, book a first free appointment today and we will check for you.
Who qualifies for Legal Aid
Whilst Legal Aid is becoming harder to find, we can still provide Legal Aid in a limited number of cases. If you’d like to be checked if you qualify just book a first free appointment today.
Legal Aid for Domestic Violence Cases
If you are the victim of Domestic Violence then not only can you get help with an Injunction but Legal Aid, subject to your means, will also be available for the Children Act proceedings to secure care of the children, obtaining financial orders to preserve the matrimonial home for the kids and even to pay for the Divorce itself.
Legal Aid for Social Services Cases
If social services are involved with your family our expert Care team can help. Legal Aid is available for most people who face the prospect of a Local Authority taking their children in to care. We offer Legal Help for people attending Child Protection meetings and full representation for those who have received Court papers.
Legal Aid for Care Cases
If you are the respondent mother or father in Care proceedings, Emergency Protection Order applications or Secure Accommodation Orders please book a first free appointment and we can help you right away. If children are in the care of a local authority ask us about Contact with a child in care, discharge of a care order or opposing an Adoption. If the case is sound, then Legal Aid will be available.
Legal Aid for Private Child Cases
In some cases, the High Court will make a child a Ward of Court under its inherent jurisdiction. Legal Aid is still available for that area of private law children work.
Why choose HRS Family Law Solicitors
Legal Aid Available – We are one of the few remaining legal aid solicitors. We can provide Legal Aid for a wide range of cases. Just book a first free appointment today to find out more.
No legalese or jargon – Just straightforward advice focused on achieving your goal. At HRS we understand that you are the client and our role is to give you advice and assistance. It is not for us to tell you what to do.
Experts in their field – Because we are specialists in family law and do nothing else you can be reassured that we have been acting on and advising in cases such as yours many times before with all the advantages that brings.
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Legal Aid Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get legal aid for my divorce?
Legal aid is available for divorce if there is proof of domestic violence. We can do a legal aid assessment for you at your first free appoinmtent. At HRS we believe everyone should have access to the law. So, if you do not satisfy the legal aid requirements we do offer flexible payment methods in order to assist you financially. These inlcude fixed fees, spread costs and flexible credit. This will help you to make payments a lot more comfortably. Book a first free appointment today to find out more.
What is the test for Legal aid?
It is complicated. For cases involving social services Legal Aid is almost always guranteed. For other cases the test is three fold. Has there been domestic violence against you? Do you have sufficient merits to access public funds? Do you qualify on your income? There may also be some legal aid available if you can show risk of harm to a child. All of our Solicitors are experts in Legal Aid assessment so please book a first free appointment and we will check to see if you meet the three tests.
Why is Legal aid not available for me to see my children?
In April 2013 the Government slashed access to Legal aid. This means that most parents cannot now get Legal aid for cases like this. At HRS we have tried to fill this gap by limiting our rates to Legal aid levels and providing monthly payment plans. We will do what we can to help people see their children on any budget. Book your first free appointment and a solicitor will do a legal aid test with you and talk you through all of your options.
When is Legal aid available?
It is not straightforward but basically you can get legal aid if social services are involved or if there has been domestic violence, often with a means test. We can do an assessment at the first free interview so book a first free appointment today.
Do you offer discounts?
Yes. 25% to all NHS employees. Up to 25% for people who agree a fixed fee for all their case and pay up front. We can also tailor the level of lawyer and service to your income. We can provide you with what’s known as an ‘unbundled service’. This is where you pick and choose what help we provide, allowing you to strictly manage costs and only receive the support you need. Book a first free appointment today and we can talk things through.
Do you offer a fixed fee?
Yes. A fixed fee is available for all our areas of work as long as an agreement can be made between the parties without the need for the matter to be heard in Court. Should we need to issue proceedings then the fee will revert an hourly rate or what is known as a staged fixed fee, i.e £500 per Court hearing or other marker. A trained solicitor can explain what fee will apply to your case at the first free appointment.
Can I pay fixed fees or by instalments or spread my costs?
Yes. We have a number of payment schemes, including monthly Direct debit based on an agreed estimate.
Can I resolve the matter without going to Court ?
We always try to achieve this outcome for our clients but it isn’t always possible. Litigation is by definition about two sides. If the other party is reasonable then matters can often be concluded by negotiation. If people are unreasonable, it may be more difficult.
What languages do your lawyers speak?
We have Solicitors who can speak Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Meerpuri, amongst others and if we cannot help directly we have associates and interpreters available. So whatever language you speak we can help.
How often do you return calls/emails to your clients?
At HRS we aim to get back to our clients the same day. Although this may be difficult during busy times, we do maintain weekly contact with our clients in order to keep them updated on the progress of their matter and support them through their case.
Do I really need a Solicitor?
Legal proceedings are stressful, confusing and can be overwhelming. In order to achieve the best possible outcome, it is extremely helpful to have a Solicitor who can explain the legal jargon, negotiate on your behalf and ensure that you are treated fairly. Our Solicitors have at least 6 years training and often the same or more in legal experience. They really are experts in family law.
Can you help with my immigration status?
Certainly. By securing a child arrangements order to spend time with a child for direct contact, it can help secure your immigration case and leave to remain in the UK too.
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We offer everyone a first free appointment
Everyone gets a first free appointment at HRS. If you want to check if you qualify for Legal Aid, book your first free appointment today. A legal aid lawyer is waiting to talk to you.