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We provide free legal advice for women in Western Australia.

How we help

 

Legal Information

The Client Services Officers who attend to calls made to our office are able to provide general legal information. They are not able to provide legal advice. They can help if people:

  • are not sure where to start looking to find answers to a legal problem;
  • want some general information about where best to get help for a legal problem;
  • need referral to an appropriate service; and
  • want to know whether they should request an advice appointment or should see a lawyer.

Legal Advice Appointments

Legal advice appointments are for one-off legal advice regarding our main practice areas.

Any ongoing assistance with document drafting or other matters is offered at the discretion of the solicitor who is seen on the day. However, there is no guarantee that they will have capacity.

To contact us please fill out the form below:

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What do you need help with?

We run a Pro Bono Family Law (Property) Legal Clinic about family law financial matters. This can include property settlement and spousal maintenance.

The Legal Clinic provides one-off, one hour appointments  with private family lawyers who generously donate their time to volunteer at our Service. The appointments are usually via telephone..

The Legal Clinic is not suitable for women who have ongoing or complex Family Court proceedings as the Legal Clinic appointments are only one hour and our volunteer lawyers do not have the time to review the court documents required for them to provide you with the legal advice for your situation.

If we are able to assist you, we will ask you to complete and email us our Family Law (Property) Legal Clinic Background Information Form.

If your enquiry does not relate to one of the above areas of law, we cannot assist you.

Instead, please see the following links for information on other services that may be able to assist you:

Community Legal WA

Legal Aid

Please send us an email at info@wlswa.org.au

Which of the below categories apply to you? (You can select multiple)
Remember, our resources are limited and need to be directed to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable women.

If you have the means to pay for a private lawyer, please do so.

You can find private lawyers on the following websites:

Family Law Practitioners' Association WA

Law Society

Appointments can also be made by contacting (08) 9272 8800 or 1800 625 122 (country callers) between 9:00am and 4:00pm Mondays to Fridays. Please be aware that we receive a large volume of calls each day, and sometimes it can be difficult to get through so please leave a voice message so we can call you back..

For an agency or service provider wanting to refer a client for assistance, we have a Referral Form which can be completed and emailed back to us.

We understand that sometimes urgent situations arise that are beyond control.  All requests for urgent appointments are referred to our Principal Legal Officer and we try to make accommodation where possible. If we cannot assist we will endeavour to refer to someone that can.

Appointment requests and confirmation must be made by the person who the appointment is for, unless a referral is made by an agency or worker on a person’s behalf.

Booking an Appointment

It is a requirement for us to gather the following information from people before we make an appointment:

  • name, date of birth and a safe email address and phone number we can contact;
  • the name of the other person(s) involved and their dates of birth (if known). This can include a current partner, former partner, parents of children in the care and/or anyone caring for them children;
  • whether they hold a concession card, have experienced family violence or financial disadvantage;
  • The general nature of the situation and legal problem;
  • If it is a matter where children are involved, we will need their names and dates of birth; and
  • If there are any court hearings, the date of the next one and a summary of any proceedings.

Once we have all the information, we will undertake a conflict check to make sure we are ethically able to provide legal advice. We also have to assess our capacity to assist.  If we cannot help, we will always do our best to try to refer to someone who can.

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