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Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) coordinates the statewide Legal Services system in New Jersey, providing free legal assistance to low-income people in civil matters. Part of Legal Services’ mission is to make people more aware of their legal rights. Awareness allows people to resolve some problems on their own, without the need for lawyers. Informed people also are able to make better use of lawyers when they are needed.
A word of caution about using this handbook
This handbook does not give advice about a particular legal problem that you may have, and it is not a substitute for seeing a lawyer when you need one. By all means talk to a lawyer if you think you need the help.
The information in this handbook is accurate as of April 2011, but laws often change. Please talk to a lawyer for up-to-date legal advice.
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If you need a lawyer
If you need the advice of a lawyer but cannot afford one, you may be eligible for Legal Services. Contact the regional Legal Services program that serves your county. See the inside front cover of this handbook for a list of New Jersey programs and telephone numbers. You also can find a list of programs, addresses, telephone numbers, and office directions on our Web site.
You may also contact LSNJ’s statewide legal hotline, LSNJ-LAW™. Apply online or telephone 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (1-888-576-5529). The hotline provides information, advice, and referrals to low-income New Jersey residents who have civil legal problems. This service is provided at no charge to applicants who are financially eligible.
Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) has a Domestic Violence Representation Project (DVRP), which provides representation and legal advice to domestic violence victims, free of charge. Call LSNJ at 732-572-9100 to find out if you are eligible for help from the DVRP.
If you do not qualify for Legal Services, contact your local lawyer referral service. You can get the telephone number for the lawyer referral service in your area by contacting your county bar association or by accessing the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Web site.
Help for immigrants who are battered may be available through LSNJ’s Immigration Representation Project (IRP). You can reach the IRP at 732-572-9100.
This handbook is also available in Spanish.
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This information last reviewed 11/2/11