HRS Family Law Solicitors

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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.

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.

What others are saying about our legal aid service?

KW- West Brom Branch

From my inquiring online for a consultation and speaking to the receptionist was Really quick. During the consultation everything was explained in a jargon-free way by a lady who presented your company well clearly demonstrating her knowledge from the beginning to end of our conversation. I felt a real sense of relief within a short time of explaining my families situation that i was going to get the correct help at I needed at this very tough and challenging time. I was overly impressed!!!

Alice and Geoff- Bearwood Branch

I’ve just come out of a long and complicated process and feel very relieved. Your advice was very well suited to the situation and always timely. Thank you from Alice and Geoff

Alex- Birmingham Branch

Thanks to you guys I got my doggy back 🙂 I would have been lost without you. Big thanks to everyone at the Birmingham branch.

Jason- Dudley Branch

Helped me draft and submit a small claim against my ex. I represented myself at the hearing and won but couldn’t have done it without HRS. Highly recommended.

Amir- Birmingham Branch

The staff were friendly and helpful, the information given to me was clear. I found the fee reasonable as well as value for money. Excellent service throughout the whole process. Thank you for your help and support.

Brian- Kings Heath Branch

From first meeting we were at ease, you were always there for us throughout. You were professional and kept us informed. The price was agreed on day one and there were no hidden extras. You won our case within the timescale you said it would be. We are very satisfied with the service you gave us and can recommend HRS to anyone. Thank you!

Monika- Birmingham Branch

Highly recommended firm. Ashley Davies was the one who dealt with our case. He was very reassuring and always on top of everything, very approachable, listening to client’s concerns and dealing with them there and then. Documents were always ready on time and so was Ashley, never had trouble contacting him. I cannot praise him enough, having dealt with other solicitors, he was like a breath of fresh air, allowed me to relax. We cannot thank you enough!

SM- Walsall Branch

I seriously can’t thank you all enough! Eveyone form the receptionist to my Solicitor all helped me so much. I’m so glad women’s aid recommended you.

RD- West Brom Branch

I first contacted HRS two years ago when my husband’s abuse got too much. They helped me get my house back and put me in touch with all these amazing charities that gave me help and counselling. I’m still on my journey of healing but HRS are the ones who helped me start the journey at the start. If you are scared just contact them.

SC- Erdington Branch

HRS helped keep me and the kids safe from my ex. We’ve started a whole new life now. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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. 

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