We offer free legal help to community members living in the Geelong, Surf Coast, Bellarine Peninsula and Colac Otway regions.
We give priority to low income earners, clients experiencing family violence, and people who would not otherwise be able to get legal assistance.
Our team of community lawyers are experienced in a wide range of legal matters. The areas of law and the level of support that we are able to offer is determined by a combination of our funding, the legal needs of our local community as well as our staff capacity.
Our friendly team can help you by providing:
When contacting our administration team, it is important to remember that our administration staff cannot provide legal advice or give an opinion on what you should do to resolve your legal matter. They can, however, book you an appointment with a lawyer or provide you with information and or referrals to other services that can help you.Contact us
When you first contact our service, our experienced administration staff will need to ask you some questions about your legal matter to help determine how we can help.
You will need to provide a summary of your legal matter as well as any details of other important information relating to your matter, such as upcoming court dates or timeframes by which you need help.
In order to complete the conflict check you will be asked to provide information about yourself and the ‘Other Party’ to your matter.
Details you need to provide include:
Sometimes we may need to ask for further information, such as street addresses or what your relationship to the Other Party is. We will not contact the Other Party without your consent. You must provide these details as we cannot book an appointment without having completed a conflict check.
Once we have confirmed that your legal matter is something we can assist with, we are required to do a ‘conflict of interest’ check (conflict check).
We cannot assist someone if a legal conflict of interest exists. A lawyer needs to focus on the best outcomes for an individual, they cannot do this if they are representing both sides in a legal issue.
Some examples of conflicts of interest include:
We will let you know if a conflict of interest exists, however, for confidentiality reasons, we will not disclose how the conflict of interest has occurred, what legal advice was sought or how long ago.
If we are unable to help due to a conflict of interest we will do our best to refer you to a service that can assist.
Last modified on December 2nd, 2020 at 9:35 am
The content on this site is information only and is not legal advice. If you need legal advice please contact us.