Signed aid application forms

Signed aid application forms

Thursday, 9 March 2017

A signed legal aid application form assists in supporting good practice. It is essential to have a signed application form on file for matters in the Children’s Court or in the Family Law jurisdiction. It helps to:

  • provide documentary proof of the child, young person or adult client’s engagement of the lawyer
  • for child clients, support quality service delivery to our most vulnerable clients by promoting an early meeting with the child client. 

Signed aid application forms also provide the opportunity for you to:

  • advise your client about the standard conditions of a grant and any special conditions which may be imposed for that client, such as a contribution, equitable charge and the like; and
  • ensure your client understands that they are agreeing to the accuracy of the information provided to Victoria Legal Aid.   

Lack of proof of means 

Where a client doesn’t bring necessary proof of means to the initial appointment, proceeding to act without a grant of aid can result in the practitioner being out of pocket. 

As practitioners are aware, at times in these circumstances, clients can take some time to provide the proof of means, which may result in practitioners trying to make a retrospective application for aid.

If clients don’t bring proof of means to their initial appointment, a conversation about the conditions of a grant of legal aid can be had with the client at that time, but it remains essential that the client attests to the accuracy of the information in their aid application by signing the client declaration, and provides the proof of means. This then provides the appropriate proof of engagement by the client for your file and you can apply for aid in the usual way.

See also Proof of means – sometimes you can have too much

Contact us

If you have any matters you wish to discuss, please contact Assignments on (03) 9269 0600 and choose 1 to speak to the Family Law team.