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    • NE23
    • By NE23 6th Sep 17, 12:27 PM
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    Legal Aid Want Money Back After 3 Years
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    • 6th Sep 17, 12:27 PM
    Legal Aid Want Money Back After 3 Years 6th Sep 17 at 12:27 PM
    Approximately 3 years ago we needed to sell our home to pay court costs, which we did in full. Last week we had a request to pay back legal aid (in excess of £2.5k). At the time I was out of work so required some legal aid.

    Could I ask if this is a fair request as it has taken 3 years to ask for monies that we needed at the time. Could it be that when we sold our house we had money left (but this was used for another house).

    Hope you guys can help
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    • TBagpuss
    • By TBagpuss 6th Sep 17, 12:43 PM
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    Normally you have to repay legal aid out of any money or property you retain, so yes, if you had money left over when the house was sold, it should have been used to pay the legal aid bill, and if you didn't pay then, you will have to pay now.

    They may be willing to take a charge over your current property but will charge interest, which I believe is around 8%

    The Legal Aid Agency does, unfortunately, tend to be extremely slow and depending on the nature of the case the bill may have had to be assessed before the final amounts were known.

    You could ask the solicitors who acted for you at the time for clarification - did they not tell you that you would have to repay the legal aid? (it's likely you still saved money - legal aid rates tend to be around 50% or less of normal market rates for legal advice, so it is likely to be costing you much less than if you had not had legal aid)
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