I divorced in 2000 and was granted legal aid.
Had to pay it back though. With advice from my solicitor a land charge was put on my property which I then would need to pay off.
The interest was 8% so I took a loan with lesser interest and paid £6000.
Unfortunately this left £663.09 to pay.
Silly me forgot all about it. I had no further correspondence from legal aid.
I have now being presented with a bill of £24000.
I have wrote to them, emailed them and rang but couldn't get through, just a message to leave my details and someone would call me back, they never have got back to me.
I then sent a letter enclosing a cheque for £2000 which I calculated would be the cost with compound interest, they have cashed this but still have not got in touch with me. I have now sent a complaint.
Will I have to pay £24000?
For anyone else out there please be careful with legal aid.
When you say you have been \"presented\" with a bill, what do you mean?
Are you selling the property so the charge is activated?
Was the charge for a flat amount or a percentage of the property value?
From the way you are describing it, it sounds like a charge for the full amount was registered as a percentage against the property. This was not altered when you repaid the bulk of the amount owing. It should have been changed/removed at this point.
I cannot think it is appropriate for you to pay twice. It is worth assembling a paper trail to prove what you paid and when. You need to have the charge removed because otherwise, on sale, that money would be handed over to the person/body with the registered charge.
You should write clearly setting out the situation and asking for the charge to be removed. Set a deadline for response.
You may want to ask a solicitor to do this for you.