Possible third party involement
Prior to contacting a lawyer, it's essential that the client check if they can benefit from the total or partial involvement of a third party payer. The most common example is through a ‘legal protection’ insurance policy. It is also possible that a professional or trade union organisation may intervene, in whole or in part, in covering the costs of lawyers. After first informing the lawyer to whom their case is assigned, the client should then immediately initiate the steps required by the third party payer to request that they cover all or a portion of the services and expenses incurred. The client will explicitly state whether he wishes to await confirmation of the involvement of the third-party payer before formally instructing his lawyer to intervene. Until this authorisation is confirmed, the lawyer is not in principle in a position to verify the completion of any possible case deadlines.
The client is responsible for any fees and expenses over and above the amount paid by the third party payer. This is also true in the event that the third party payer refuses to pay for services rendered.
If a client is in a position to obtain free legal aid, he is notified before the opening of a case and, if necessary, he is referred for further action to a specialised association or free legal aid office. In Brussels, you may consult a pro deo lawyer at the following address :
Rue de la Régence, 63 - 1st floor B-1000 Brussels
or via the following contact details : Tel.: +32 (0)2 519 85 59
or +32 (0)2 508 66 57