How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Clare Your Own Question

Clare
Clare, Solicitor
Category: Law
Satisfied Customers: 33304
Experience:  I have been a solicitor in High Street Practice since 1985 with a wide general experience.
13262538
Type Your Law Question Here...
Clare is online now

Can I get State - Legal Aid? I am registered disabled, aged

Customer Question

Can I get State - Legal Aid?
I am registered disabled, aged 86-+, currently ill with disabling Rhumatised Arthritis, I get full disablement benefit each week.
i have no material savings having had a costly divorced many years ago!
My 'Top-flat' is worth today about £400,000 + and the value is appreciating!
I have had a longstanding disputes with many of the old 'freeholders' companies then owning the Freeholds.
My Lease on my flat, is one of 39!
The 39 flats are in four blocks, extensive gardens.
This is a 'Conservation' area called - 'Southgate Green'
Through all my 40+ years of my ownership I have had persistent water damage from the common water tank or later smaller tanks or supply's in the loft above my flat and an area controlled by the then 'freeholder'.
In the last two years it took a year to correct a water leak - wrongly said initially to be a leaking roof whereas it was a leak in the mains supply above my flat in the common area loft. When repaired the common supply to my own private electric shower was then damaged beyond repair by dirt or rubbish in the common supply plus very poor pressure! My own plumber then had to adjust the common supplies and fit the new electric shower!
Various earlier floods from above materially damaged by flat at various dates,
changes of ownership by a series the then freeholders frustrated all my efforts to get repairs or compensation for material damage to the fabric of my flat - resulting damage 'blew ' the plaster of my ceilings, corniche & walls. This is still not repaired- I have had to decorate around blown plaster in the ceilings & walls!
All the 38 of the other flats have now got new leases of 999 yrs plus one share in the new company owning the Freeholds of all the flats. I am denied this new lease. My old lease requires special audited annual accounts to allocate my maintenance. I am denied these accounts - thus making it impossible to file them to support my annual State Grant re property support? Also in recent years - when accounts were presented - they were outside the time limits required by The Companies Act 1948 - as amended
The funding for the purchase of the flats was through the the Residents Associatiion of which I was a fully paid-up member until they broke the law - then I resigned but they used my subscriptions with others to buy the Freehold.
During this illegal period the Residents Association re- wired all the common electric supplies to all the flats - they used armoured cables (normally for underground use) for internal supplies!
These cables are very hard to manipulate. - in my flat they caused the kitchen ceiling to collapse, the kitchen cupboards to fall down, the new consumer units to be installed at a angle - all though the wrong type of mains cable. In addition they asked me to leave my flat open whilst they redecorated the common stairway and front doors of each flat. I was working in Cheltenham and returned some days later to find my flat open! The door stripped but not redecorated, the stairs - some 16 common steps & a common landing stripped bare - whereas all other common parts had been redecorated and had new floor coverings! This area to my flat - being a common area - was left bare for years until a new management firm insisted they corrected the stair carpets. I had already paid for my door to be redecorated. Etc.
Whoops - I am ill in bed! Using a new IPad !
Help!
Sorry about the chaos !
Barry Kelland
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Law
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Perhaps I should have added that :- I am rather I'll with R.Arthritis - almost helpless! Enfield Social Services are very much involved - but lost my file! Now they are recommending immediate! Help to make my flat safe! A new extensive wet room - originally proposed some 13 yrs ago! But they lost my file! Just found it! So I am rather in a personal mess!
Expert:  Clare replied 3 months ago.

Thank you for your question

My name is Clare

I have bad news I am afraid - legal Aid is not available for cases such as this - and indeed Civil Legal Aid is barely available at all.

Please ask if you need further details

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Thank you so much for your help. Your answers were really useful and came back so quickly. Great! Maggie
< Previous | Next >
  • Thank you so much for your help. Your answers were really useful and came back so quickly. Great! Maggie
  • A quick response, a succinct and helpful answer in simple English. I believe I can now confront the counter party with confidence -- worth the 30 bucks! Rick
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Jo C.

    Jo C.

    Barrister

    Satisfied Customers:

    30316
    Over 5 years in practice
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/EM/emus/2015-7-7_192327_bigstockportraitofconfidentfemale.64x64.jpg Jo C.'s Avatar

    Jo C.

    Barrister

    Satisfied Customers:

    30316
    Over 5 years in practice
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BE/benjones/2015-12-1_0437_ennew.64x64.jpg Ben Jones's Avatar

    Ben Jones

    UK Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    11553
    Qualified Solicitor - Please start your question with 'For Ben Jones'
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BU/Buachaill/2012-5-25_211156_barrister5.64x64.jpg Buachaill's Avatar

    Buachaill

    Barrister

    Satisfied Customers:

    1754
    Barrister 17 years experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JO/jojobi/2013-3-19_0265_maxlowryphoto.64x64.jpg Max Lowry's Avatar

    Max Lowry

    Advocate

    Satisfied Customers:

    894
    LLB, 10 years post qualification experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/UK/UKLawyer/2012-4-12_9849_F2.64x64.jpg UK_Lawyer's Avatar

    UK_Lawyer

    Solicitor

    Satisfied Customers:

    750
    I am a qualified solicitor and an expert in UK law.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KA/Kasare/kasare.64x64.jpg Kasare's Avatar

    Kasare

    Solicitor

    Satisfied Customers:

    402
    Solicitor, 10 yrs plus experience in civil litigation, employment and family law
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/OS/osh/2015-7-7_19268_gettyimagesb.64x64.jpg Joshua's Avatar

    Joshua

    Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    8199
    LL.B (Hons), Higher Prof. Dip. Law & Practice