Legal Aid and Dog Solicitors

Legal Aid and Dog Solicitors

We’re often asked, when families contact us because their dog is in trouble, whether they’ll be able to obtain legal aid.

Legal aid isn’t very well understood by the general public, as they don’t usually need to deal with it – which means that when they have to, they’re often unsure whether they’re eligible, how to apply, and what it will do.

There are also some conversations where people who’ve contacted us, desperate for help, aren’t sure whether or not they can apply when it’s a family pet in trouble.

The good news is that you can – and that it’s not too complicated.

Police Station Advice

The Police Station Advice and Assistance Scheme is a separate program to legal aid. Essentially, this means we can represent you and give you legal advice at the police station free of charge. Representation at the earliest possible stage will give you the best possible out come.

What Legal Aid Will Be for You

One of the tests to qualify for legal aid is a means test. It takes into account your income, your family circumstances, and essential living costs.

However, appeals are heard if there are extra financial considerations which can affect your ability to cover the costs of your defence. The government has created a calculator which allows you to make a first check of eligibility; it’s an Excel spreadsheet found here.

Another test is known as passporting. You automatically qualify for free legal aid if you are under 18 or you receive:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • State Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Income-Based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

It’s important to remember that in both cases you must also pass an Interests of Justice test, known as the IoJ.

How Legal Aid Works

Legal aid is designed to help you close the gap between your available income and your ability to cover the costs of legal representation. Therefore, there is still a minimum amount to be paid for each income level before the legal aid kicks in.

You become ineligible for legal aid if your household income rises to £43,500 or above.

Your contribution can be paid as a single up-front contribution or as a monthly amount.

Income

Monthly

Upfront

13,000

549

2745

13,500

586

2930

14,000

624

3120

14,500

661

3305

15,000

699

3495

15,500

736

3680

16,000

774

3870

17,000

849

4245

17,500

886

4430

18,000

924

4620

18,500

961

4805

19,000

999

4995

19,500

1036

5180

20,000

1074

5370

20,500

1111

5555

21,000

1149

5745

21,500

1186

5930

22,000

1224

6120

22,500

1261

6305

23,000

1299

6495

23,500

1336

6680

24,000

1374

6870

24,500

1411

7055

25,000

1449

7245

25,500

1486

7430

26,000

1524

7620

26,500

1561

7805

27,000

1599

7970

27,500

1636

7970

28,000

1674

7970

28,500

1711

7970

29,000

1749

7970

29,500

1786

7970

30,000

1824

7970

31,500

1936

7970

32,000

1974

7970

32,500

2011

7970

33,000

2049

7970

33,500

2086

7970

34,000

2124

7970

34,500

2161

7970

35,000

2199

7970

35,500

2236

7970

36,000

2274

7970

36,500

2311

7970

37,000

2349

7970

37,500

2386

7970

38,000

2424

7970

38,500

2461

7970

39,000

2499

7970

39,500

2536

7970

40,000

2574

7970

40,500

2611

7970

41,000

2649

7970

41,500

2686

7970

42,000

2724

7970

42,500

2761

7970

43,000

2799

7970

43,500

Ineligible

Ineligible