At Higgins Miller we understand that funding your case can be a worry. Our charges are very competitive. We will always work with you to find the best way for you to fund your case. We hold a contract with the Legal Aid Agency so for those clients who are eligible we are one of the few firms who will still undertake family cases funded by Legal Aid.
We offer an initial one hour appointment for £50 +VAT (£60). During that meeting we will discuss the circumstances of your case and provide you with advice that is tailored to you and your needs. We will advise of the actions that you can take whether yourself or through a solicitor and the likely timescales and costs. After the meeting we will provide you with a written summary of the discussion and advice.
Where possible we offer fixed fees so that you will know in advance exactly how much you will be paying for the work. More details of our fixed fees can be found here.
If your case is not suitable for a fixed fee arrangement we will give you our best estimate of our likely costs and keep that updated. You will find our hourly rates very competitive and we can discuss with you monthly bills or payment by instalments.
Legal Aid is available for cases involving children where social services are involved. Where social services are bringing or thinking of bringing care proceedings then Legal Aid is available for any parent or person with parental responsibility regardless of their financial circumstance. In other cases involving social services Legal Aid may be available depending upon financial circumstance.
For victims of domestic abuse who want to apply for an injunction legal aid is available subject to their financial circumstances.
For other family cases such as divorce, children issues or financial issues legal aid may be available, subject to financial circumstance, if certain conditions are met. Follow the link for more details about when legal aid is available. The evidence in support of an application for legal aid in these cases is very specific – details can be found here.