Estimator: civil legal aid

This estimator helps you work out if you are likely to qualify financially for civil legal aid.

Once you complete these fields, an estimate will automatically be provided.

Before you start: Do you automatically qualify financially?

You must know the type of any benefit you receive to find out if you automatically qualify. You can usually see the type of benefit you are receiving by checking your most recent benefit award letter.

If you do not have an up to date award letter or you are in any doubt about which benefit you receive you should contact your local benefits office.

You automatically qualify if you are in receipt of, or  included in your partner’s award of, any of the following benefits when we get your application:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit

That means you will not have to pay a financial contribution towards your case if your application is successful.

You do not automatically qualify if:

  • you or your partner are in receipt of one of the benefits above but the award did not include your resources as a couple
  • you receive one of the benefits listed above but our regulations state that other people’s financial resources need to be included in our calculation of your financial eligibility. Your solicitor can explain if this applies to your case or you can contact us directly on 0131 560 2164.

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