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Free legal assistance

Illustratie dame met dossier en uitgestoken handSome parents find it difficult to contact us themselves. Others would like independent legal assistance. Parents who want this are now entitled to a free lawyer. This lawyer can help them during the recovery process. Parents can apply for this free legal aid at the Legal Aid Board (Raad voor Rechtsbijstand).

 Who is the free legal assistance for?

All parents that have been affected by the childcare benefit affair are entitled to free legal assistance. This is known as legal aid.

It is subject to 2 conditions:

  1. You are involved in proceedings with us concerning the restoration of childcare benefit.
  2. You do not have your own legal assistance insurance that covers the full costs of legal assistance during the restoration process.

How does it work?

If you would like to make use of the free legal aid, please register with the Legal Aid Board. We cannot do this for you; you have to do it yourself.

You can register as follows:

Step 1. Download the application form from the website of the Legal Aid Board 

Step 2. Complete the form and return it to the Legal Aid Board. If you wish, your personal case officer or our Service Team can help you complete the form. When you apply, send proof that you have registered with us. For example, a copy of the 'confirmation of receipt of the notification of reassessment with Benefits'. Or the letter from the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration stating that you have been acknowledged as an affected parent.

Step 3. The Legal Aid Board will suggest a number of lawyers based on your information. You make a choice from these lawyers. The Legal Aid Board will put you in touch with the lawyer of your choice.

Even if you already have a lawyer, you can make use of this free legal aid scheme. In that case, you must enter the name of your lawyer on the form.

What costs are reimbursed?

The Legal Aid Board reimburses the expenses made by your lawyer in assisting you in your dealings with us.

They pay the lawyer directly.

What costs are not reimbursed?

The free legal aid scheme only applies to problems concerning the childcare benefit.

The scheme does not apply to:

  • the Catshuis Childcare Benefit Scheme (€30.000).
  • other proceedings with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration or Benefits.
  • follow-up proceedings with municipalities or other institutions.

The lawyer that the Legal Aid Board assigns to you can help you with other cases, but this will not be free of charge. In some cases, however, a grant may be available.