Civil Legal Advice is a government service. They provide free and confidential legal advice in England and Wales if you’re eligible for legal aid.
There is a ‘legal aid checker’ on the website that you can use to see if you’re eligible.
You can get help with legal aid for:
- debt, if your home is at risk
- special educational needs
- housing, if you’re homeless or at risk of being evicted
- discrimination issues
- help and advice if you’re a victim of domestic abuse
- separating from an abusive partner, when you’re making arrangements for children or sorting out money and property
- issues around a child being taken into care
- some child abduction cases
When you speak to the CLA you will need proof of the following if they apply to you:
- recent payslips (if you’re working)
- bank statements
- details of any savings and investments you have
- details of any benefits you get
- mortgage statements and a current valuation for any property you own
Telephone: 0345 345 4 345 (Mon-Fri 9am to 8pm; Sat 9am to 12:30pm)
You can also contact CLA if you are unhappy about the service you have received from them.
You can ask Civil Legal Advice for a free call back – or text ‘legalaid’ and your name to 80010.
There is a free translation service if English isn’t your first language.
You can also book a British Sign Language interpreter if you are deaf or hard of hearing.