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You should not try to use this calculator if you or your partner has complex financial circumstances – that is, if you are:
If you are in one of these groups, you should speak to an adviser, who can tell you whether you qualify for legal aid. To find a legal adviser, click here. You also should not use the calculator if you are:
You will be asked questions on your income and savings (“capital”), so you will need:
If you have a partner, you will need to provide their financial details as well.
The calculator can only work out whether you are eligible according to your means. However, when you apply you will also have to satisfy a test that looks at the merits of your case.
The calculator will also say whether you would have to contribute to your legal costs. If as a result of your publicly funded legal action you receive money or property, this will be used first to repay your legal costs to the Legal Services Commission (this is called the “statutory charge”) and you will receive anything left over. You can find out more in the leaflet 'Paying back the Legal Services Commission - the statutory charge'.
If you are not eligible for legal aid, but would like to apply for Pro Bono (free) help from the legal profession, you may want to print out the results of the calculator, and your answers, to accompany your application to them.
I get a session timeout
I keep losing numbers
I want to come back to the calculator later
I don’t understand a question
It looked as if I was halfway through, then suddenly I was at the end
If these tips do not help, or you would like to give us feedback, please visit our feedback section. Note that we cannot answer any queries about whether you are eligible. For these queries, you should visit a legal adviser.
Last updated on 14 June 2016