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Justice Connect’s Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) Service provides targeted, practical and culturally appropriate free legal assistance to 120 LALCs across NSW.
See below for a snapshot of the assistance provided to LALCs through the LALC Service over the last two and a half years:
How we assist LALCs
We have developed customised legal information resources (such as fact sheets and checklists) for the LALC network on a range of legal topics.
For further information on legal information resources for LALCs, see our Legal information page.
The Not-for-profit Law website also has over 300 legal information resources for not-for-profit community organisations, which LALCs may find useful.
The LALC service delivers targeted legal training to select individual LALCs. For further information on the legal training sessions we deliver to LALCs, visit our Legal training page.
Our Not-for-profit Law training team also offers customised training for LALCs for a fee, and regularly runs low cost webinars on a range of common legal issues faced by not-for-profit community organisations.
The LALC Service can provide LALCs with tailored legal advice through free telephone advice for simple legal matters, or a referral for free legal assistance from one of our member law firms for more complex legal matters.
Eligibility criteria applies to legal advice requests. We prioritise providing free legal advice to LALCs that can’t afford to pay for legal assistance.
The LALC Service is unable to provide legal advice on the following matters:
- requests for assistance from individual LALC members
- land claim applications
- native title issues (apart from non-claimant applications)
- internal disputes (such as a dispute between individual board members or LALC members)
- complicated disputes including where court action has been taken or is likely to be taken, or
- second opinions from a lawyer or barrister.
Referring you to another body who may more appropriately help
If you are unsure if we are able to assist, we encourage you to make contact with us to discuss your legal matter. If we are unable to assist you, we will aim to find a more appropriate service that can assist (including other free legal service providers where appropriate).
If your LALC would like to enquire about free legal assistance, training or information resources, please contact the LALC Service Lawyers listed below or use our online enquiry form to send us your enquiry:
Geraldine Menere, LALC Service Senior Lawyer
(02) 8599 2125
Merryn Lynch, LALC Service Lawyer (on Mondays and Tuesdays)
(02) 8599 2185