A person who requires legal services may apply for help from Legal Aid. Legal Aid will assess the applicant’s income and assets to determine if the applicant meets Legal Aid financial eligibility restrictions. If the applicant is accepted for Legal Aid services,
the Legal Aid lawyers are paid by the Legal Aid Society. Fees paid by the Legal Aid Society are less than private fees because lawyers who accept Legal Aid cases do so at a lower fee rate.
Legal Aid is not free to the applicant. Individuals who receive Legal Aid will have to pay some of it back. When the case is finished, the Legal Aid Society will seek repayment. If it is difficult for the individual to make the repayment, the Legal Aid Society will usually negotiate terms, which will allow the person to repay the loan. The individual may be asked to provide some sort of security for repayment such as signing a promissory note.
Legal Aid lawyers from the same law firm cannot assist both the victim and the accused. In smaller communities, there may be only one law firm. Thus, if the accused person seeks assistance from Legal Aid before the victim does, the victim may be declined service. The victim could seek Legal Aid in another community.Legal Aid Alberta