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WA Legal Aid WA - Am I Eligible?

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by Dianne, 21 August 2014.

  1. Dianne

    Dianne Member

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    What is the criteria for obtaining legal aid in WA? Is there a cut off point for Legal Aid WA as far as earnings and assets (is it based on your ability to pay for representation) also if the family home is the object in dispute after seperation is this still classed as a asset on your ability to pay for legal representation, I only $550 All my wages goes to the upkeep of the household as my spouse does not and has not contributed financially since he vacated the home 4 months ago. I have 2 adult children living in the home 18yrs and 21yrs. They are doing apprenticeships and do not really contribute to the household.. These children have never left home, this is the family home. There is no mortgage on the home and both the deeds are in my name.​
     
  2. Sarah J

    Sarah J Well-Known Member

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    Hi Dianne,

    To qualify for Legal Aid in Western Australia, you must satisfy:

    - Means test (income and assets);
    - Reasonableness test (legal and factual merits of your case, benefit/detriment analysis, competing interests for the funds); and
    - WA guidelines.

    For the means test, there are thresholds for both income and assets which you must satisfy: further information. These thresholds are a bit outdated (2010), if you still have questions about your eligibility, you should contact your local Legal Aid office.
     
  3. Dianne

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    Thank you for your reply Sarah J very much appreciated.
     

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