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How do you calculate the Legal Aid Contribution?

The Third Schedule to The Legal Aid Act, 1980 sets out the formula for calculating what the assisted person's contribution should be and that amount will be shown on that individual's Certificate. In addition, the Schedule highlights the fact that, against the total household income, an assisted person may deduct the sum of $2000 for a spouse; $2000 for each child and a maximum of $9600 for rent or mortgage payments. An individual's disposable capital is defined in the Schedule as being the value if all the property he owns minus the value of the following, if owned by him: wearing apparel, occupational tools; household furniture and effects as well as any owner-occupied single unit dwelling with an Annual Rental Value (ARV) not exceeding $24000.00.

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