Legal aid can help pay for legal advice.

You’ll be asked general questions about your legal problem and your income and savings. You’ll be told where you can get legal advice.

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Before you start

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

  • your income
  • how much tax and National Insurance you pay
  • benefits you get
  • your mortgage details (if you have one) and the value of your property

You can only check for non-criminal (‘civil’) cases. If you’ve been charged with a crime, ask your solicitor or barrister if you are able to get criminal legal aid.

You’ll only get guidance on whether or not you can get legal aid - you won’t get a final decision until you speak to an adviser.

Legal aid is different in Scotland and Northern Ireland.