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A new charity has been launched which aims to assist regional and mobility-impaired Australians with legal hardships arising from the pandemic and bushfires.

Everyday Justice is an initiative of national law firm Mills Oakley and will deliver free legal services online and via telephone, as well as in person. The goal is to improve access to legal help for people living in regional and rural areas, the elderly, and people with a disability.

Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker said that the need for pro bono legal advice has never been greater.

‘This has been a tough period for many people, and a particularly difficult time for people who can’t afford to pay for a lawyer to help them with issues like unpaid wages, mounting debts and possible eviction from rental accommodation.’

Everyday Justice was designed to assist the so-called ‘missing middle’ – low to moderate income earners who do not qualify for Legal Aid but are unable to afford a private lawyer.

There is no means test for over-the-phone advice, but people wishing to access more comprehensive advice or representation will need to complete an online questionnaire that will determine their eligibility, based on household income and several other factors.

Everyday Justice will provide free legal advice on employment law, tenancy, credit and debt, bankruptcy, financial abuse, fines and infringements, human rights, environmental law and other areas of public interest. However, the charity will not provide assistance in relation to family law, criminal law, immigration, property, Centrelink, NDIS or workers compensation.

People wishing to access Everyday Justice’s services can visit https://everydayjustice.com.au/everyday-justice-intake/ to determine their eligibility or call 1800 161 196.


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