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Legal Advice

The purpose of this factsheet is to ensure that the reader is informed and updated about the legal matters contained within the factsheet.

It is important to get the correct legal advice for any problems or issues of a legal nature that you may currently be experiencing. There are a number of different agencies who may be able to help you.

• Your Solicitor

• Bournemouth & District Law Society, Tel: 01202 587551,
Email: office@bournemouthlaw.com www.bournemouthlaw.com – who can recommend a solicitor in your area if you do not have one.

• Local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) – many bureaux now have a short assessment interview to help decide how you will be best advised, appointments may be made following this assessment

• Community Legal Advice – accessed via CAB, a solicitor, or a Community Legal Services advice provider funded by the Legal Services Commission

 

Free legal advice

Your local CAB is able to offer free “initial interview” legal advice, and advise you of your rights and decide how you can be best advised. You may then be asked to make an appointment. Otherwise an adviser should be available by phone though this may be for an introductory interview only. They are also able to direct you to other legal services that may be able to give you more in depth help. Local CAB offices are at the following locations and have links to the Community Legal Service:


Poole

CAB Poole

54 Lagland Street
Poole
BH15 1QG
Tel: 01202 680838 (advice line)
Email: advice@poolecab.co.uk
www.poolecab.co.uk

All bureaux now have a short introductory interview to help decide how you can be best advised. You may then be asked to make an appointment. Bureaux opening times are as follows:

Drop-In Sessions

Monday 10am – 2.30pm. Last appointment is 16.00pm

Tuesday 10am – 2.30pm. Last appointment is 16.00pm

Wednesday 10am – 2.30pm. Last appointment is 16.00pm

Thursday 10am – 2.30pm. Last appointment is 16.00pm

Friday 10am – 2.30pm. Last appointment is 16.00pm


Telephone Advice Times

Monday 10am – 3pm

Tuesday 10am – 3pm
Wednesday 10am – 3pm

Thursday 10am – 3pm

Friday 10am – 3pm


Outreach Surgeries also take place at:

Hamworthy Library: Thursday 10am – 12 noon

Rossmore Library: Friday 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

For further information or to make an appointment contact 01202 680838.


East Dorset

CAB Ferndown

1a Princes Court
Princes Road
Ferndown
BH22 9JG
Tel: 01202 893838
www.eastdorsetcab.org.uk

Opening times are as follows:

Drop-In Sessions

Monday 10am – 3pm
Tuesday 10am – 3pm

Thursday 10am – 3pm

Telephone Advice Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10am – 3.45pm.


CAB Wimborne

Hanham Road
Wimborne
BH21 1AS
Tel: 01202 884738
www.eastdorsetcab.org.uk

Opening times are as follows:

Drop-In Sessions

Monday 10am – 3pm

Tuesday 10am – 3pm

Wednesday 9.30am – 11.30am

Thursday 10am – 3pm

Friday 10am – 1pm


Telephone Advice Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 3.45pm. Wednesday 9.30am – 11.30am.

East Dorset CAB Outreach Surgeries also take place at:

Cranborne Surgery, Penny’s Lane, Cranborne – alternate Fridays 9.30am – 12.30pm (by appointment for patients of the practice), tel: 01725 517272.

Verwood Library, Manor Road, Verwood – Tuesdays 10am – 12 noon (by appointment) tel: 01202 822972.

Verwood Surgery, Lake Road, Verwood – alternate Fridays 9.30am – 12.30pm (by appointment for patients of the practice), tel: 01202 822825.


Fixed fee interview

Some solicitors may offer up to half an hour’s legal advice for a pre-agreed or fixed fee. Some will offer a certain amount of free advice. This can be helpful if you need to get some idea as to whether you have a case worth defending or pursuing. Contact your solicitor to see if they offer this service. Bournemouth & District Law Society (see above) are able to help you find a local solicitor or alternatively visit www.GOV.UK where the Community Legal Advice Directory also provides a list of local solicitors.

 

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