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Legal Aid NSW boosts free legal help in Bega

13 Apr 2018

Residents in and around Bega will have easier access to legal help, as a popular free clinic operated by Legal Aid NSW in partnership with local lawyers expands from monthly to weekly.

Free, face-to-face and confidential advice about a broad range of legal issues, from family violence and parenting disputes to fines and traffic offences, will now be available at Bega Local Court every Thursday.

Legal Aid NSW Regional Outreach Clinic Program Manager Jenny Lovric said the boost would allow more people to get help sooner.

“When you’re navigating a legal issue such as housing and renting, workplace rights and dealing with debt, it’s always best to know where you stand from the start,” Ms Lovric said.

“This expanded clinic will allow members of the community to sit down with a lawyer sooner, and get quality advice that is tailor-made for them.”

“We know that following a natural disaster on the scale of the recent Tathra bushfires, people may find themselves facing legal issues months or even years down the line. Whether it’s trouble with an insurance claim, roadblocks with rental repairs, or financial hardship, speaking with a lawyer can help you understand your rights and what to do next.”

Ms Lovric said the expanded service would complement specialist legal services provided by Legal Aid NSW and Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre in Bega, including for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and people facing family law issues.

Starting from 19 April 2018, Legal Aid NSW Regional Outreach Clinic Program clinics will be held every Thursday, from 10am to 1pm, at Bega Local Court, Carp Street, Bega. No need to make an appointment – simply drop in.

Media Contact: Sophie Tarr (02) 9213 5208 or 0419 212 334