Do problems make you so worried that you can’t sleep? Have you gone to the doctor to get help? You might think your problems are not legal ones but often they are.
People can have many problems that are not recognised as being “legal”.
- Do you owe money?
- Do you have problems with your landlord?
- Do you have a fine/s?
- Do you have problems with Centrelink?
- Do you get the right amount of child support?
- Do you have a dispute with your neighbour?
Dealing with the law is complex and stressful plus it can affect your health.
Such problems can cause anxiety which builds up over time and results in stress, sleeplessness and can drive people to consult their doctors to address the anxiety etc. This is often a case of treating the symptom and not the cause. But the above problems have a possible “legal” fix.
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Many health issues can cause legal problems. Accidents and chronic illness can cause loss of jobs, debts and loss of assets to cover health costs while terminal illness can require wills, powers of enduring guardianship and attorney.
Illawarra Legal Centre (ILC) has a number of different services in one place. They offer free advice and advocacy services across a wide range of legal issues including general legal, tenancy, financial counselling, child support and welfare rights (assisting with problems with Centrelink).
“We can help clients by giving phone advice and/or face to face appointments to discuss their situation, rights and options,” Illawarra Legal Centre coordinator Truda Gray said.
“We take on about 450 cases per year and give some 3000 phone advice sessions.”
Illawarra Legal Centre is an independent, not-for-profit, community based legal centre. They provide free legal services to the public by telephone or at their centre or at outreach locations.
“Anyone can receive advice, however our organisation exists to assist people living with disadvantage, especially those with low or no income, and people with special needs,” Truda said.
All of their centre solicitors and volunteer solicitors are accredited professionals.
“We can represent people in court but our work is largely in tribunals. We work to resolve matters and keep them out of the courts,” Truda added.
Community Legal Centres work beside Legal Aid and the Aboriginal Legal Service to complement their services.
There are 190 Community Legal Centres across Australia and about 40 in NSW.
Phone 4276 1939 and/or drop into their office at 7 Greene St, Warrawong or see illawarralegalcentre.org.au.