You might be able to get legal advice from Civil Legal Advice (CLA) if you qualify for legal aid and have a relevant problem. CLA is a national helpline in England and Wales.

You’ll be asked questions about your problem and your financial situation. If it looks like you might qualify for help, you’ll be able to speak to CLA.

Start now on the Civil Legal Advice checker

Before you start

You and your partner (if you have one) will need:

  • recent payslips (if you’re working) and bank statements
  • a summary of your income tax and National Insurance contributions
  • details of any savings and investments you have
  • details of any benefits you receive
  • mortgage statements and a current valuation for any property you own

This service is only for adults. If you’re under 18, ask CLA to call you back.

You’ll only get guidance on whether or not CLA might be able to help - you won’t get a final decision until you speak to an adviser.

You can’t get help from CLA if you’ve been charged with a crime - ask your solicitor or barrister if you are able to get criminal legal aid.

Legal aid is different in Scotland and Northern Ireland.