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receive or you are included in your partner’s claim for any of the following benefits:
That means you will not have to pay a financial contribution towards your case if your application is successful. You DO NOT need to proceed to the Steps below.
If you do not qualify automatically, you should complete the Steps below.
You can usually see the type of benefit you are receiving by checking your most recent benefit award letter.
If you don’t 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.
Tell us about your situation and any dependants living with you - this is a child or person(s) who has (have) no income of their own.
You should include your partner or spouse in these steps even if you don’t always live in the same household. For example your partner may work away or be in prison.
You do not have to include your partner or spouse if the application is against them or you consider the relationship to be over.
You should only declare children who are wholly dependant on you full time.
We may consider making an allowance when we receive your application, for children in your care part of the time or adult children who have some income of their own but for this calculation you should not include them.
The “i” info box shows what income to include and how to calculate.
Work out what you expect your total income (after tax and national insurance deductions) to be in the next year - this is your net income. Then tell us your expenses.
If you are residing with a spouse/partner - insert joint income and expenditure.
Please enter 0 if you do not receive an income or have any expenses.
The amount in the "total disposable income" box will be calculated when you press the "calculate" button in Step 5 below.
Enter amounts without comma separator eg.1000 NOT 1,000
We calculate your income on what you and your spouse or partner, if you have one, can expect to receive in the year from the date we receive your application.
You must include:
Round up or down to the nearest pound.
If your income is paid weekly multiply the amounts by 52 to calculate the annual figure.
If your income is paid monthly multiply the amounts by 12 to calculate the annual figure.
If your income is paid 4 weekly multiply the amounts by 13 to calculate the annual figure.
We estimate your outgoings based on what you and your spouse or partner, if you have one, are likely to pay in the year from the date we receive your application.
You should include the following:
Do not include what you pay for gas, electricity, phone bills, clothing and food for your household. A standard allowance which is set by the government each year will be deducted when we complete the calculation at the end of this process.
If your outgoings are paid weekly multiply the amounts by 52 to calculate the annual figure.
If your outgoings are paid monthly multiply the amounts by 12 to calculate the annual figure.
If your outgoings are paid 4 weekly multiply the amounts by 13 to calculate the annual figure.
This is automatically calculated from the information you gave us about your household at Step 2.
We calculate your capital and that of your spouse or partner as at the date of your application.
We may take into consideration any capital disposed of when you were likely to be aware of your involvement in litigation, if we don’t consider the reasons given justified.
If you think this may be a situation that applies to you, you can contact our information line on 0845 122 8686 to check if you should include the capital in this calculation.
By capital we mean money and anything else of value you and your spouse or partner (if you have one) own.
Examples of capital include:
Capital not to be included:
Press the 'ESTIMATE' button to see if you are likely to qualify for civil legal aid, and information on any contribution you may have to pay.
Remember that this estimator is only a guide as to whether you are likely to be financially eligible for civil legal aid. You can also check your financial eligibility by calling our Financial Assessment Unit on 0845 123 2330 (open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm).
The amount you may have to pay may also depend on a number of factors:
You can discuss these factors further with your solicitor.
You will also have to meet other tests relating to your case before you can be granted civil legal aid - these are explained in our leaflet Civil legal aid - information for applicants - see our leaflets for the public section. Contact a solicitor who can help you with your legal aid application using our Find a Solicitor page.
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