Legal Aid

Disability Law Service has Legal Aid contracts in community care  and housing.

In order to be eligible for Legal Aid it is necessary to pass two tests: the means test and the merits test.

Means Test

This test determines if your financial position means Legal Aid should be awarded.  The test assesses both income and capital (such as savings).  If you are on certain welfare benefits you will be automatically eligible for Legal Aid.

A Government guide to help you find out if you pass the means test can be found here

If you are unsure about whether or not you pass the means test, please contact us

Merits Test

Even if you pass the means test, it is possible that we may not be able to assist.  This is because we must assess the merits of your case including the likelihood of success and benefit to you before we make an application for legal aid on your behalf.

We will make this assessment after you contact us and provide details of your case.