Mental Health & Court Of Protection Fees

Legal Aid in Mental Health & Court Of Protection Cases 

Appleman Legal is contracted with the Legal Aid Agency to deliver civil legal aid in Family, Mental Health and Mental Capacity cases.

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Can I get legal aid in a Mental Health Tribunal or Court Of Protection case?

Legal aid is available for the following areas of Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law:

    Representation of Patients detained in the High Security Hospitals under the Mental Health Act 
    Representation of Patients before the Mental Health Tribunal
    Attendance, Advice and Assistance at Mental Health Act Managers Hearing
    Advice and Assistance to relatives and carers of a detained patient
    Displacement of Nearest Relatives in County Court Proceedings 
    Court of Protection proceedings
    Advice and Assistance on Deprivation of Liberty Issues
    Judicial Review, Advice and Assistance with appeals to the Upper Tribunal (Mental Health)
    Advice and Assistance of After Care Services for Mental Health Patients

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How do I become eligible for Legal aid?

    Whether you qualify for legal aid will depend on the type of case & your financial circumstances
    In certain cases, you will automatically be given legal aid without any means testing.
    In other cases, you will usually have to give details and evidence of your income, benefits, savings and property, and those of your partner. 
    If you are under 18, you may need to give information about your parents’ or guardians’ income.
    Your financial situation is not taken into account for cases about: • mental health tribunals• challenging the authorisation of a deprivation of Liberty Safeguard in the Court of Protection• children in care• child abduction
    You may also have to provide evidence about your problem, for example in a divorce case by providing a court order or GP letter showing that you or your child have been a victim of abuse.

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Will I be required to pay toward the cost of my case if I have legal aid? 

    Legal aid might not cover all the costs of your case. You may have to:• pay some of the costs upfront.• pay back some of the cost if you win money or property from your case
    The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) will make a charge or claim – known as the ‘statutory charge’ – on any money or property you win. If this is your home, payment can be deferred, and the debt placed as a charge on your home (similar to a mortgage).

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Can I be getting legal aid in an emergency?

    You can get emergency help if you need urgent representation in court, for example to keep you and your children safe from domestic abuse.
    Our Solicitors will apply for Emergency Legal Representation to cover any immediate action. 
    You still need to apply for legal aid in the normal way for any ongoing work.

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What you need to bring to us for your legal aid application?

    You will need to provide us with information about the following for both yourself and your partner:• benefits - including benefits statements.
    • income, savings and spending - including pay slips and bank statements.
    • National Insurance numbers
    You will also need copies of evidence relating to your case, eg:• court documents
    • marriage and birth certificates ( in family Cases)
    • relevant letters

Please book your Free initial Consultation with us to discuss your case.