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    Hello, I wonder if anyone can tell me if there is a duty solicitor that can speak on my behalf, if going to a fast track trial? I am in the middle of an awful case, where I have already expended 6000 in legal fees, and cannot afford any more, in a case whereby my half brother has made up a fictitious amount of rent that is owed to him for a property belonging to him, that he let us live in. It started as a possession claim, with no rent being claimed for; we gave up possession; then we disagreed over the costs, he go to amend his claim and is now asking for just under 25k in rent.

    I am stressed to bits with the whole thing, as this has rumbled on for a year now. i worked 7 day weeks pretty much most of last year to pay to defend this, and i literally don't have the energy to carry on with that level of 65 hour weeks at work to pay for it. We are over the threshold for legal aid, on an average salary and the claimant is a high earning individual who has used a solicitor and barrister the whole way through.

    There was no tenancy agreement, all repairs to the property were done by us for 9 years that we lived there, no gas safety checks were ever done, (it wasn't a tenancy, it was a family arrangement) The house concerned was the house we all grew up in, which the half brother managed to persuade my parents to "sell" to him. Following the death of my mother, I obtained probate and started to figure out that things with the house sale weren't quite as they should be, at this point when i started to ask questions, my family find ourselves with court action to evict us, followed by a vindictive claim for rent, only asked for after the event.

    If i prepare my case, will there by someone that can speak on my behalf? I have managed to let my emotions get the better of me in each hearing so far, and we have a trial of a day to contend with.I have never been in court before this, so don't know what to expect at a trial. Any advice on an organisation that may be able to help me, or what to expect on the day? thanks
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