What if you can’t afford a family lawyer?
If you cannot pay your legal fees, the Court may order your spouse to make a contribution towards your legal costs if he/she has the capacity to do so. You can receive this amount by way of a lump sum, or periodically. The Court may make a “dollar for dollar” order.
Do you have to pay for a solicitor for a child?
Do I have to pay the lawyer? Children who become involved in a case going to court are nearly always entitled to legal aid, which means you do not have to pay for a lawyer. The lawyer should explain this at the beginning.
Do Solicitors still give free advice?
Some solicitors give 30 minutes’ legal advice for free. Some offer a fixed fee – that way you’ll know in advance what the advice will cost. You can call a solicitor’s office and ask if they offer a free half hour or a fixed fee. A free or fixed-fee appointment can help you find out your rights and legal position.
Can I have a barrister without a solicitor?
If you do not have a solicitor working for you, you can go directly to a barrister yourself if they are a “Public Access” barrister.
What age can a child refuse to see a parent UK?
In law, there is no fixed age that determines when a child can express a preference as to where they want to live. However, legally, a child cannot decide who they want to live with until they are 16 years old. Once a child reaches the age of 16, they are legally allowed to choose which parent to live with.
Can I refuse to pay solicitor?
If a client refuses to pay monies owed to a solicitor, the solicitor is still entitled to seek recovery of their costs, see Practice Note: Recovery of costs, solicitor’s rights, and non-statutory assessments.
At what age can a child have their own solicitor?
Most children wouldn’t want to go to school if they could possibly avoid it, but parents have to make them go because it’s best for them. It’s a similar idea. From the age of 12, a child is presumed to be old enough to be able to instruct their own solicitor.
Can you get free legal advice UK?
You have the right to free legal advice if you’re questioned at a police station. You’ll automatically get legal aid for legal representation in court if you’re under 16 (or under 18 and in full-time education) or on certain benefits.
Who can give legal advice?
As a general matter, only a lawyer may give actual legal advice, whereas any non-lawyer may recite legal information. Furthermore, it is generally illegal for a non-lawyer or unlicensed attorney to offer legal advice or otherwise represent someone other than himself or herself in a court of law.
Can a barrister act for a family member?
Barristers have an equal duty to their clients and also to the court. What this means is that a barrister may not be able to act for you if you tell them, for example, that you want them to lie in court on your behalf.
Can I speak to my barrister directly?
Direct access barristers
It is possible to approach and instruct a barrister directly without having to go through a solicitor. Barristers can do the following: advise you on your legal status and rights.
Are solicitors cheaper than barristers?
A barrister is usually the most cost-effective way of going through the legal system because they are paid by their work. A solicitor meanwhile will charge by the hour. … With a solicitor, however, you’re paying additional costs which contribute towards the running of a solicitor’s office.