Legal Aid

Does the state support me in legal proceedings?

Anyone may need to seek their rights at court or have to defend himself/herself against a charge at some point. However, litigation fees are quite high: if you lose, you have to pay your lawyer and court costs. In Germany, Legal aid ("Prozesskostenhilfe") has been established so that people with low income can also demand/defend their rights. "Prozzesskostenhilfe" is a government aid for people with limited income, i.e. the state assumes the costs of the lawyer and the court for certain legal proceedings to make sure no one is prevented from pursuing their rights in court because of substantial expenses.


What do I need to know?

Can I receive legal aid?

For which legal proceedings can I acquire legal aid?

Which costs does legal aid exactly cover?

How can I obtain legal aid?

My application for legal aid was denied. What can I do?

Do I have to pay back legal aid later?

Is it possible to first obtain legal advice?


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