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27 Mar 21 #516274 by Djsmith
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Hi,
Will make this short if your other x has legal Aid you have not how can you fight a fair fight through the system?

At present using a solicitor but keeping cost light to rap up Declaration of Trust which in turn will be money well spent and done Properly, in the long run, could cost be thousands.

All thoughts advise really Appreciated

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27 Mar 21 - 27 Mar 21 #516280 by wikivorce team
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At first glance it can seem like a very unfair situation when the other party has legal aid and you are paying thousands for solicitors.

In short what you need to do is manage the budget that you have for your case.

If you have a limited budget (for example £4k or £5k) then you need to plan how you can conduct your case within that budget.

It is perfectly possible to do even if the case is bitterly fought and goes to a Final Hearing.

To get to final hearing with a solicitor active on the case throughout will likely cost £15k to £25k

So you have to look at either financing (a litigation loan) or using a lower cost model.

We have many clients who use a combination of our Divorce Consultant service and a direct access barrister to get to Final Hearing for around the £4k to £5k budget.

One thing to bear in mind - the other side will have to repay their Legal Aid bill (Legal Aid is a loan not a gift) - which could easily be £5k to £10k on this kind of case. So if you look at the lower cost options described then you could actually end up paying less in legal fees than the person on Legal Aid.
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