Guide to legal advice and legal aid

The Scottish Government's website is the central source of information about public services in Scotland and how to access them.

The 'Legal advice and legal aid' section explains about all the options to consider for legal help - not just legal aid.

This includes information about getting free help with legal problems, finding a solicitor and applying for legal aid.

All the following links in this section open on the external website. You can go the start or choose a section below to find out more about:

  • Help with a legal problem

    Who can help you if you need advice about a legal problem, such as debt, housing, benefits, employment, divorce or claims for money.

  • Legal aid

    Help with the costs of legal advice and representation in court if you can’t afford it.

  • Instead of going to court

    If you have a dispute with someone or an organisation, there may be ways to deal with it without going to court.

  • Using a solicitor

    Solicitors can give you legal advice and representation at court.