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Legal costs

Getting legal advice and representation costs money and can be expensive. However, you might be entitled to some help through the Scottish Legal Aid system. This section explains more about legal aid, solicitors' fees, court fees and court expenses, including information on the new limits on financial eligibility for legal aid which were introduced on 7 April 2009.

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  • Solicitors' fees and charges

    Solicitors can charge fees for their advice and representation. Depending on what your case is about, there may also be other costs. This page explains more.

  • About legal aid

    This page explains what legal aid is, who provides it, who decides whether or not you are eligible and how your solicitor fits into the system.

  • What does legal aid cover?

    This page explains the different kinds of funding in the legal aid system and what kind of legal advice can be covered.

  • Applying for legal aid

    Legal aid helps people pay for the cost of getting legal advice. Find out about applying for legal aid here.

  • How much will SLAB pay?

    Even if you are entitled to help from the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB), you may still have to pay something towards your legal costs. This page explains more.

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