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Clients: Family law

While your case is active

    Do I have control over how the solicitor uses the money?

    Yes. Your solicitor can only draw money against invoices you have approved, so in the event of a disputed fee you are protected. You will be emailed each time an amount is drawn down and can contact your solicitor directly if you have any queries.

     

    How often can I make a drawdown from the loan?

    The loan can be drawn down as many times as your solicitor requires, up to the limit of your loan. All drawdown requests are made by the solicitor.

    Can I change solicitor?

    The loan is linked to your current solicitor, so if another solicitor takes on your case we would have to approve them before transferring the loan, otherwise you will be in breach of our agreement and the loan will have to be repaid immediately.

    There is no charge for transferring the loan. If you repay the loan you can apply for a new facility with a new Novitas approved solicitor.

    What happens if I reconcile with my spouse?

    Even if the legal proceedings cease, you are still obliged to repay the loan, under the terms of the agreement.

    Can Novitas stop funding during the case?

    Yes, there are circumstances which may mean we stop any further drawdowns from your loan, including but not limited to:

    • disclosure of subsequent material facts that adversely affect the case
    • your solicitor leaving your case
    • your solicitor not meeting the undertakings they give to Novitas
    • any of your own behaviour that gives rise to concern about recovering the loan
    • if there is an extension pending.