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Legal advice

Most of us need legal help at some point in our lives, whether it’s to sort out a problem with benefits, help you write a will, or sell your home.


Where can I access free legal advice?

Depending on the advice you need, it could be available for free. Some of the sources of free advice listed below can give you initial advice before helping you decide what to do. Others may be able to help with cases that are more complex and even represent you at a tribunal.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice offers free advice on a wide range of issues, including benefits, housing or employment problems. They can provide advice over the phone or in person at one of their offices.

  • Visit the Citizens Advice website to find your local Citizens Advice and get advice about your consumer rights.

Law centres

Law centres offer free legal advice in their centres across the country. They cover topics such as benefits, employment, housing, immigration and asylum, discrimination and debt.

Trade unions

If you’re a member of a trade union, you may be able to get free legal advice through them, not just about employment-related issues. Contact your union rep to find out what they offer.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice offers free advice on a wide range of issues, including benefits, housing or employment problems. They can provide advice over the phone or in person at one of their offices.

Law centres

Law centres offer free legal advice in their centres across the country. They cover topics such as benefits, employment, housing, immigration and asylum, discrimination and debt.

Trade unions

If you’re a member of a trade union, you may be able to get free legal advice through them, not just about employment-related issues. Contact your union rep to find out what they offer.


Can I get help with legal costs?

Legal aid can sometimes help people with the cost of legal advice or bringing a case to tribunal. It’s not available for everyone – it’s only for eligible cases, and only if you have a low income. Eligible cases might include if you’re at risk of losing your home, or if you have experienced discrimination.

Find out more about legal aid  which contains information about eligibility and how to claim


How do I find a solicitor?

If an advice agency or free service can’t help, you may need to get advice from a private solicitor. This could be for help with making a will, setting up a enduring power of attorney, buying or selling a house, or getting a divorce.

Different solicitors specialise in different areas of law, such as criminal, divorce or employment law.

  1. Search for a solicitor by contacting the Law Society of Northern Ireland. They will provide several options.
  2. Call a few to compare the service they offer - don’t forget to ask them about their fees so you can see which one is affordable for you.
  3. Check a solicitor’s record and make sure they are registered with them before you hire them

If you aren’t happy with the service you get from a solicitor, you can make a complaint. You should complain to the solicitor’s firm directly first. If you feel that your complaint isn’t resolved, contact the Law Society of Northern Ireland, which can investigate complaints about solicitors.

Further information

Age NI Advice Service

Every year our Advice Service deals with thousands of calls from older people in need. Call us today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.

Call freephone 0808 808 7575
8am – 7pm 365 days a year

 

Last updated: Sep 23 2018

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