legal aid?

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  1. scaredmum2be

    scaredmum2be Well-Known Member

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    How do i go about it ? my local citizans advice has since closed down and i dont know where to go next :S ??
     
  2. cosmicgirl

    cosmicgirl Well-Known Member

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    Go to a solicitor, they normally do a free consultation and tell you if you're entitled (mine did anyway)
    They then send off a load of forms x
     
  3. scaredmum2be

    scaredmum2be Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for your reply never dealt with solicitors before bit nervous about going. I was sexually abused in the care of social services and never done anything about it although a social worker got me removed from the place i was living at to somewhere else i appreciated so much but i still feel social services have failed to protect me in there system. For ages ive had bad nightmares where someone comes into my room or someones at the side of me i shout help in my sleep i wake up and takes me ages to fall back to sleep i cant sleep properly. I darent go sleep most the time i was abused in a bedroom so dont know if its to do with that. everytime i see the abuser i freeze ive had 3 nightmares in one week. I dont know how solicitors work and i hoped to be believed i think i havent done anything about it because hardly no one believed me when i tried to seek help so i feel as if no one believe me know. I hope someone can help me through this :( x
     
  4. cosmicgirl

    cosmicgirl Well-Known Member

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    God hunnie, how awful :hugs:
    The solicitors I have met (long messy divorce) have all been really lovely and understanding. Try to find one in your area who deals with your type of case, some only deal in car crash claims etc.
    You can do that via a general google search. Most offer a free consult to discuss your case, if you don't feel comfortable with them then you can just try out another iykwim.
    Good luck hun, stay strong :hugs: xx
     
  5. LucyAnn

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    god thats awful. when i called legal aid they qualify if you are eligable then insyruct a solicitor. i have put the details below, i text them as was an 0845 number. they phoned me a couple of hours later talk about the problem disscus your income then put you through to a solicitors to take your case (took about 45mins) then about a week later they send you a letter with your case and you need to prove income and get things started best of luck hun xxxx

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    Community Legal Advice (CLA) is a free and confidential advice service in England and Wales paid for by legal aid.
    If you are living on a low income or benefits, you may be eligible for free specialist advice from legal advisers on issues including: benefits and tax credits; debt, education; housing; employment; and family problems.
    The advice is independent and confidential. Community Legal Advice will ask you questions about your problem and find out what help you need. You will be asked a number of questions about your finances to see if you are eligible for legal aid.
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    thats awful. i dont have anything constructive to offfer in terms of where to go to get help but i have read your post and just want to wish you the best of luck and i hope things get better for you. bug hug and stay strong, you will come out of this xx
     
  7. Princess81

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    Hun have you reported your abuser to the police? As if you do you wouldn't need to hire a solicitor as the CPS would take it on for you x
     
  8. scaredmum2be

    scaredmum2be Well-Known Member

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    When i told my social worker this is when i was 11 years old i got a move but then i had to do a thing on video link i think they tried to check me i think the police were involved but they couldnt do anything due to the lack of evidance, hed took me away to butlins on holiday just me and him and then when he did it but afterwards he made me have a shower and obviously my clothes would of either been washed before i got back or when i got back but i only had the guts to tell the social worker one day i dont know how i came out of it he asked if i was ok and if i had anything on my mind so i dont know how long it took me to say it after the abuse happened so there was no evidance to go on :( so i will feel like they wont believe me when the police said there was no evidance i didnt feel like i was being believed. I think it did go to the police but think they closed the case but im sure the old carers were stopped from fostering but im not sure i might need to follow that up. xx
     
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    You just go to your solicitors & fill in the forms. They should tell you pretty soon if you qualify or not. If you dont have a solicitor, try one that offers 1st visit free that way you can get a bit of advice for nothing & fill in forms while there

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  10. scaredmum2be

    scaredmum2be Well-Known Member

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    might have to go through my old records of me being in care to see if it states anything from the carers on the file therefore ill know if it went to the police or not but i bet they missed that bit off it x
     
  11. tinkerbell86

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    The initial appointment if you went through a solicitor would be to see if you were probably eligible for legal aid depending on if it is means or merit tested. Like princess said if you go to the police this would be done through the CPs to do on your behalf. Not to sure if there is a time limit for certain things though in relation to
    Claiming for things when you were a child as some go by 3 years from your 18th birthday for personal injury claims.

    Sorry cant be more help I was a trainee legal executive and worked in a criminal
    Defence dept.
     
  12. Kbex

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    Really sorry to hear what's happened to you. You should be proud of yourself for having the strength to cope. I don't k ow where you live but there is a firm of solicitors in Manchester who acted for the victims in child care home abuse cases. I have just had a look at their website for you- they are called abbey Gardner McDonald solicitors. They also have a website devoted to their abuse legal team (Abuselaw.co.uk). Worth a look at as they have loads of information on it. P,us I would give them a call as they may be able to help you or know of a good lawyer near you. You need someone who has experience in a case like this. I hope you get it sorted
     

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