Legal Aid helped 6019 Northern Rivers clients
LEGAL Aid lawyers provided about 23 free legal services to local residents in the Northern Rivers region every day in the last financial year, helping people with a wide range of legal issues, said Hugh Van Dugteren, the solicitor in charge of the Lismore office of Legal Aid NSW.
"We provided a total 6,019 legal advice and assistance services last financial year in this area," he said.
"Such help is available free of charge to everyone around the state.
"Often some basic legal advice can be enough to help people resolve their issues.
"Whether you are going through a separation, have problems with loans, debts or bills, whether you think you are being underpaid, or have been sold a faulty product or service - our lawyers can help you.
"It is never too early or too late to benefit from some free advice, and we try and help people resolve their issues without having to go to court, if possible.
"In recent years we have made an effort to ensure people in the entire Far North Coast have access to a broad range of legal services."
Last financial year, Legal Aid NSW delivered more than 150,000 free legal advice and minor assistance services in family, civil and criminal law across NSW - 16 per cent more than two years ago.
The figures are contained in the Legal Aid NSW annual report which was tabled in parliament last week.
Legal Aid NSW is the largest legal aid agency in Australia with offices in 21 locations, including Lismore.
It provides free legal advice and information to everyone, as well as court duty services and representation in court for civil, criminal and family law cases to eligible clients.
"We provide free advice from our office and in 10 outreach locations, and anyone who thinks they have a legal problem can book an appointment on 6621 2082," Mr Van Dugteren said.
For more details about Legal Aid NSW services and locations, visit: http://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/get-legal-help/find-a-service or call 6621 2082