People who receive early legal advice are more likely to resolve their problems quickly new research suggests.
Conducted by Ipsos Mori for the Law Society, the pollsters found a clear link between advice within the first three months of a case and the chances of resolution within a similar time period. A quarter of those who did not receive early advice were unable to resolve their cases for a full nine months. They were 20 per cent less likely to resolve their case overall.
Law Society Vice President Christina Blacklaws said:
“Without early legal advice, relatively minor problems can escalate, creating health, social and financial problems, placing additional pressure and cost on already stretched public services.’
The Society called on the government to restore legal aid for early advice in both family disputes and housing cases.
The Vice President explained:
“The current situation is unsustainable. If early advice was available to those who need it, issues could be resolved before they worsen and become more costly for the individual – and the public purse.”
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