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I have been asked to attend a "proof before answer" hearing

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I have been asked to attend a "proof before answer " hearing on the 1st/2nd June 2016 regarding an outstanding civil case going back to 2013. Unfortunately my financial circumstances have changed and i am currently unemployed and can no longer afford the legal fees for a solicitor to represent me. What may happen to me if i cannot defend my case?
I look forward to receiving your response.
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Carol Mackie
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  JGM replied 2 months ago.

Thank you for your question. I am a solicitor in Scotland. You could try to deal with this yourself but a proof before Answer deals with both questions of fact and law, is an ordinary action, as opposed to a simple procedure or small claim action, and I would not recommend that you do this on your own. If you are unemployed you could find a solicitor who might be prepared to do this on legal aid. The solicitor would have to make an immediate application to the court to have the case adjourned to enable an application for legal aid to be made. Those are your options. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.

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