Frequently Asked Questions Advanced Search Advanced Search Close Panel All of these words This exact phrase Any of these words Without these words Search within: MinLawWhole of Government Expand All Collapse All Top 5 Most Popular FAQs1. Who is eligible for legal aid? Briefly, to qualify for legal aid, a) you have to be a Singapore Citizen or a Singapore Permanent Resident and be present in Singapore (This requirement does not apply if you are making an application under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction);b) you have to satisfy the “Means Test”. Your disposable income, that is, your income for the past 12 months before the date of application for legal aid and after deducting prescribed allowances, must not exceed $10,000/-, and your disposable capital must not exceed $10,000/-; and(c) there must be merits in your case (the ”Merits Test”)If you do not satisfy the Means Test but are facing hardship, the Director of Legal Aid may extend legal aid to you (subject to the requirements of the Merits Test) if:1. You satisfy certain statutory provisions; and2. It appears to him in his absolute discretion to be reasonable to do so to relieve hardship. 2. What if I have to travel frequently while I am still a bankrupt? If you have to travel frequently while you are still an undischarged bankrupt, you may apply for block periods of travel either for three or six months. If the application is approved, you may travel as frequently as you wish during that period. Please submit all applications for your travel through our travel application e-service website for your trustee’s consideration. The outcome of your application is dependent on whether you are regular in your payment of your monthly contributions and the level of co-operation that you provide to the trustee. You should only travel after you have been informed by your trustee of the approval granted. 3. If I am a bankrupt, can my family members be made liable for the debts incurred by me? Your creditors may make your family members liable for the debts owed by you if your family members are the co-borrowers, guarantors or sureties of the debt. 4. Can I obtain information about my own bankruptcy matters online? Yes. You can access our self-service portal, Individual Insolvency Administration Information (IIAI), through our website. There, you can obtain information such as the name of petitioning creditor, the date the bankruptcy petition was filed, the date of the bankruptcy order, the total amount in your bankruptcy estate account, the due date for the submission of your Statement of Account of Moneys and Property Received, the approval status of your latest applications to travel overseas, manage a business, or act as a director of a corporation. The service is free for bankrupts. 5. What does legal aid cover? It covers a wide range of civil matters including divorce, adoptions, claims for maintenance, custody of children, separation, wrongful dismissals, tenancy disputes, monetary claims, motor and industrial accident claims and estate matters.The Legal Aid Bureau does not handle criminal matters. You may approach the Law Society of Singapore to enquire on their Criminal Legal Aid Scheme. If you are unable to find an answer to your query, please submit the Feedback form to let us know how we can help you.