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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:

CAB Dorchester

1 Acland Road
Tel: 0845 23 10 400
Email: (within website)

Advice sessions (drop in):
Monday: 10am – 4pm
Tuesday: 9am – 4pm
Wednesday: 9am – 4pm
Thursday: 9am – 1pm
Friday: 10am – 4pm

Telephone sessions:
Monday: 10am - 3.30pm
Tuesday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 4pm
Thursday: 10am – 1pm
Friday: 10am – 2.30pm

CAB Dorchester runs outreach sessions at local GP surgeries in Bere Regis, Puddletown, Maiden Newton, Crossways, and Cerne Abbas. Contact CAB Dorchester or your local surgery to find out when these sessions take place and to make an appointment. Home visits can also be arranged if you are unable to access the office in Dorchester.

CAB Sherborne & District

Manor House
Tel: 0844 848 7939 (landlines)
0300 456 2559 (mobiles)
Email: ass@sherbornecab.org.uk

Advice sessions:
Monday: 10am – 4pm.
Tuesday: 10am – 4pm.
Wednesday: 10am – 4pm.
Thursday: 10am – 1pm and 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Friday: 10am – 1pm.

Telephone advice is also available from the Dorset Citizens’ Advice Rural Out of Hours Service by calling 08444 772022 during the following hours:

Monday 4pm – 6pm.
Tuesday 8.45am – 10am and 4pm – 6pm.
Wednesday 8.45am – 10am and 4pm – 6.30pm.
Thursday 4pm – 6.30pm.

CAB Weymouth & Portland

2 Mulberry Terrace
Great George Street
Tel: 01305 782798
Fax: 01305 770325

Advice sessions:
Monday: 10am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 4pm. Appointments only in the afternoon.
Tuesday: 10am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 4pm. Appointments only in the afternoon.
Wednesday: 10am – 1pm.
Thursday: 10am – 1pm and 1.30pm - 4pm. Appointments only in the afternoon.
Friday: 10am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 4pm. Appointments only in the afternoon.

CAB Weymouth office is wheelchair accessible, they are specialists in debt advice, and advice is also offered in French and Spanish if necessary.

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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