Scales of Justice, Dan Sproul
Although England has a better legal system than many countries, it’s still the case that for many people, accessing legal help proves to be extremely expensive. You can of course sometimes qualify for legal aid, and most towns have solicitors that offer free help now and then, but outside these, where else can you find help?
Free & Low-Cost Legal Help
- The Law Centres Network helps people who cannot access legal aid, but also cannot afford a lawyer. Offering face-to-face and phone help, it specialises in social welfare law (disability, homelessness, employment, debt).
- Advice Now has a series of free online documents covering family and personal care, social care, housing and benefits. Advice Local can also give free advice, just enter your postcode to find help on tax and benefits, council tax, debt, housing, employment, disability, social care, asylum and immigration. .
- Advocate is a charity that offers free legal help from volunteer barristers. Cases have to be referred from CAB, Law Centres, MPs or legal advice clinics.
- Citizens Advice Bureau offers good help, but often the agencies are busy. This service is offered by over 20,000 highly trained volunteers.
- Disability Law Service offers services for people being discriminated again.
- AvMA offers help for victims of medical accidents.
- Consumer Law is for consumer law (run by Citizen’s Advice)
- Children’s Legal Centre to promote children’s welfare.
- Support Through Court has volunteers to help anyone alone.
Affordable Online Legal Help
- Expert Answers offers authentic legal advice online. It does cost, but less than a high street solicitor. The people are home-based solicitors or lawyers. The information given is confidential (it would need a court order to release it) with your info not being able to be indexed by search engines. This company has nearly 100% 5-star reviews on TrustPilot.
- Small Business Bodyguard is an American kit, but most of it is relevant to UK law. It’s an ideal starting point to do a lot of the legal work yourself, written by an attorney. Includes checklists, and is particularly good for online traders.
- The Contract Shop is another US company founded by a lawyer. Again it specialises mostly in online law, so has lots of goodies to wade through, which can keep your legal ducks in order, and save you money.
- LawDepot and Net Lawman both offer reputable documents for legal issues, at a fraction of the cost of hiring a solicitor. The companies regularly update their plain English documents, and you can contact them for help anytime.
Legal Advice for Dogs
We don’t have an organisation as yet like the USA’s Animal Defense League Fund (which helps in prosecution cases and funds advises any lawyer or law student needing help). But their site is full of useful info. And the UK Centre for Animal Law has some useful information including details of animal law courses.
- Blue Cross has a useful page, so you know current dog laws.
- Dog Law is run by the ‘St Francis of Assisi of solicitors’ and offers dog law over the phone, from one of the world’s experts. You get free initial advice, then pay for the expert service.
- The Animal Law Consultancy runs a free public helpline.
- Law on the Web has a useful info page on animal law.
- Wheldon Law specialises in animal law, a paid service.