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Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) Service

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LALC Service

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

Legal information 

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. 

Legal training 

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.

Legal advice

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).

Contact Us

If your LALC would like to enquire about free legal assistance, training or information resources, please contact the LALC Service Lawyers listed below.

Geraldine Menere, LALC Service Senior Lawyer
(02) 8599 2125
Geraldine.Menere@justiceconnect.org.au

Merryn Lynch, LALC Service Lawyer (on Mondays and Tuesdays)
(02) 8599 2185
Merryn.Lynch@justiceconnect.org.au 

Make an enquiry

Our lawyers are experts in governance and not-for-profits. Your LALC may be eligible for our free legal advice service. To find out, please complete the online enquiry form below. Using the online form is the quickest and easiest way for us to deal with your enquiry and means that we can respond to you sooner (usually within 48 business hours) and let you know how we might be able to assist. Find out more information about eligibility on our Legal Advice page

Last Updated: 04 September 2019

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