Our Legal Services
Our legal team is committed to providing the community with a broad range of legal services, which are delivered in diverse, innovative and collaborative ways.
Our solicitors provide free advice, information and referrals to ALL residents and service providers in the Macarthur region of NSW, and targeted legal assistance to people on low incomes, and those experiencing significant disadvantage.
In addition to our regular legal services we deliver community legal education workshops to community groups and service providers, and conduct law reform activities to help redress systemic injustices that impact on our clients.
Free Legal Advice
Our free legal advice services are now available to residents in the LGAs of Campbelltown, Camden, Wollondilly, Wingecarribee, Goulburn, Upper Lachlan Shire, Yass, Balranald, Bland, Carrathool, Coolamon, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Cowra, Griffith, Hay, Hilltops, Junee, Leeton, Narrandera, Temora, Weddin, Snowy Valleys (partial coverage) & Wentworth.
We may also be able to provide advice, if your local community legal centre is unable to assist you (please call us to confirm eligibility, or ask the other CLC to make a warm referral).
If you need free legal advice please call us on (02) 4628 2042 (9am-4:30pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). We note that our phone lines are closed on Wednesdays, and ask that you call us on days when our phone lines are open.
If we are able to assist with your legal issue, our intake workers will take your details and a solicitor will call you back for legal advice at the earliest possible opportunity. If we are unable to assist we will refer you to someone who can.
If you require face-to-face assistance you should discuss this with your solicitor, during your initial advice session. Attendances at our office are by ‘APPOINTMENT ONLY’.
What Can We Help With?
Care and Protection
Credit and Debt
Wills, Power of Attorney and Guardianship
Fines and Revenue NSW Matters
Civil Law Matters
Legal Casework Services
While we provide free legal information, advice and referrals to all residents and service providers in our catchment area, our casework services are targeted at low income earners and disadvantaged clients.
If you meet our eligibility criteria, and our service otherwise has capacity, our solicitors may be able to assist with ongoing casework. Our solicitors will discuss your casework needs and eligibility, during your initial advice session.
Legal Outreach Services
We believe that it’s important to be a part of the community we service, so our solicitors also provide face-to-face legal advice sessions at various outreach locations throughout the Macarthur region. If you’d like a face-to-face session, but can’t make it to our centre in Campbelltown, you can contact the outreach centre of your choice, to make an appointment. Find out more about our outreach services…
Community Legal Education
We believe that an informed community is a strong community. We provide free legal education workshops to community groups and/or workers. We cover a wide range of legal topics and we can tailor our sessions to meet the needs of your group. Common topics include – family law, elder law issues, employment issues, credit and debt, fines and work development orders, schooling issues, bullying. Find out more about community legal education…
We aim to utilise both legal and political process to promote an agenda of social justice, and to work towards fairer legal and social outcomes for the most disadvantaged members of our community. We often prepare submissions, in response to government inquiries and we also participate in advocacy activities undertaken by national and state community legal centre networks in the areas of domestic violence, care and protection, family law, youth law and elder law.
Collaborative Service Delivery – Domestic Violence Referrals
Our legal team is committed to working collaboratively with our auspiced services to deliver holistic service options for MLC clients. For example, our legal teams receives direct referrals from our Macarthur Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (MWDVCAS). These clients are generally assisted by female solicitors with specialized knowledge in domestic violence, family law and care and protection. Where ongoing casework is involved we often work collaboratively with MWDVCAS workers to achieve the best possible legal and social outcomes for our clients.