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Central Jersey Legal Services is a nonprofit law firm. We offer free legal help in civil (non-criminal) cases for low-income residents of Mercer, Middlesex and Union Counties. If you have a legal problem and cannot afford an attorney, Central Jersey Legal Services is here to help. Click here to download our brochure.
Free Legal Services for Central Jersey Residents
Central Jersey Legal Services has offices in Trenton, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy and Elizabeth. If you have a legal problem and cannot afford an attorney, call or visit the office nearest you to find out more about how we can help. Our attorneys and paralegals will answer your questions and provide legal advice and instruction in self-help, or they may offer full representation. The type of service you receive depends on the details of your case. Some problems can be solved with advice and instruction, others require more extensive services.
The problems listed below are some of the most common types of cases that we handle. There are other legal problems with which we can help. Call the office nearest you to find out if your problem qualifies for assistance.
Eviction, foreclosure, rent collection, tenant repair issues, Section 8 and other public housing problems, and housing discrimination.
Help for victims of domestic violence, divorce, child custody, support and visitation.
Bankruptcy, collections, credit access, utility billing/shut-offs, unfair sales practices, and consumer fraud.
Public Benefits and Employment
Benefits such as TANF, GA, SSI/SSD, and Food Stamps. Unemployment, improper job terminations, employment discrimination, and pay or benefits withholding.
Health & Education
Medicaid/Medicare, Charity Care, prescription drug coverage, private insurance, and access to health care. School placement, special education, residency, and bullying.
Powers of attorney, wills, guardianships, nursing homes and other health care issues.
Click the text below to view brochures about our special projects:
Comprehensive Legal Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence
Mental Health Project
Health Care Access Project
Eligibility for Service
Eligibility for legal services depends on household income and type of legal problem. CJLS has limited resources, and we are not able to provide help to everyone who is eligible. We have guidelines which give some cases higher priority than others.
Depending on the type of problem you have, we may only be able to offer you advice on how to proceed on your own, or we may be able to offer you full representation. If you contact us with a problem, we will try our best to assist you.
Each of our offices has bilingual staff to assist persons who speak Spanish, and we will accommodate persons who speak other languages.
How to Get Help
Call or visit one of our offices between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to find out if you qualify for assistance. An intake can be completed over the phone or in person.