Just got my latest offer from legal aid......my solicitor filled in a lot of the form this time and she included a joint endowment that matures in approx 13 years. The value of this endowment if cashed in now would be around £3000 and £6000 at maturity. The legal aid people have classed this as capital and have asked me to pay nearly £4000 immediately.I don't understand why they are asking for this money because it is a joint asset and obviously will be in dispute in the divorce proceedings, they have used the £6000 figure in their calculations even though it is not worth that now and in any case I cannot obtain that money because it is a joint asset...can't see my husband saying " here, take it all!!" can you?
Does anyone know why the legal commision has come up with this ludicrous offer...has anyone else had a similar experience?
I too am on legal aid and had a similar problem. I contacted the commission myself and also backed up the call with a letter explaining that I was on benefits(had to include proof) and that the endowments where jointly owned and that the stbx did not agree to cash them in. If you qualify for legal aid you must be on a low income so send proof of that as well. My situation did get sorted but it was me that sorted it the solicitor wasn't very good and in fact I later changed to a different one who has moved things forward for me and I am now almost done and dusted.
Hope this helps.