So far I have been able to get some information about how to attain free legal assistance from the school of lawyers in Orihuela.
If you have taken the step of reporting the crime or case to the police or at the law courts, then you will have received a copy of the report (denuncia) and this will be presented to a judge who will decide if it is a criminal or a civil case. If it is a criminal case then it will be processed by the courts. If it is a civil case then it will be archived. The courts will now do nothing but there is still a case that you can take up and bring to the courts. For the case to be heard you will need to engage a lawyer to take the case forward so you can claim compensation.
One your case has been before the judge you can go to the court and after finding out if it is criminal or a civil case then you can ask for free legal assistance. It is quite common for the fraudulant activities of many of the builders, laywers and architects to be considers as not criminal but civil cases. If you are not sure you can go Directly to the school of Lawers and ask them to assess your case and they will let you know that it is civil or criminal. If it is civil then you can save yourself a few months wait and just ask the school of laywers to deal with the case without it first going before the judge.
Legal assistance is obtained at the school of Lawyers office at the Orihuela law courts. It is the first door on the right as you walk in through the doors. They request that you have a translator to assist them in communicating with you. The assistance required can not be applied for over the phone, you have to go in person.
There is a form Spanish to fill in which you will have to give your details, the details of your partner and those who live with you & the details of the persons or company which you have a case against. They will take a copy of your police report if you have one.
You will be given an appointment for an interview to ascertain in you are legible for free legal assistance in a court case. It is best to inform the assistant if you are going to be away before you are processed so that they are aware of your holidays not to give you a appointment the is difficult for you to attend.
You will be asked to bring certain documents to the appointment.
– Photocopy of your passport or residence card.
– Photocopy of your family registration book (if you have one).
– Spanish tax returns (if you don’t have them you can go to the tax office and ask for a certificate that you do not pay tax).
– Certificate of electoral role. (Pardon).
– Certificate of bank movements from the bank with its official stamp.
– Certificate of patrimony obtained from the town hall. (Even if you do not own property this is required).
– Certificate of work (Vida Laboral) obtained from the social security office. (If you are retired you do not need this).
– Photocopy of your deeds of your property, then a copy of your last rates bill, last payment of the mortgage if you have one.
– If you rent a property then a copy of your rental contract, last payment receipts.
– If you are self employed a copies of your last 3 monthly tax declaration, IVA payments, and social security payments.
– If you are employed then a copy of the last 3 pay slips.
– If you are a pensioner in Spain a copy of certificate from the INSS (Instituto Nacional de Seguridad Social).
Once you have these documents and you present them to the school of lawyers then you will be assessed and assisted in the court case. They will appoint a lawyer for you and give you his details so you can make a apointment. When you call the Lawyer he or she will not know that you are receiving legal assistance so it is best that you let hem know that you have been sent by the school of lawyers.
If your individual income and savings amount to more than 14,950€ then you may not be able to get free assistance.
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