Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services
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Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services offers legal services in a broad range of matters, including housing, government assistance and benefits, family matters, consumer cases, and others. Certain non-profit community groups which are organized by or for low-income people may also qualify for assistance. OMLS does not help in criminal or municipal court cases.

Eligibility for individuals is based on household income and assets. These guidelines are set by federal and state funding sources. Senior citizens from Monmouth County and Ocean County may receive some legal assistance, regardless of income, due to a special grant to OMLS from the Monmouth County Office on Aging and the Ocean County Office on Senior Services. Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services offers advice, counsel and/or representation to eligible applicants. The level of service provided is based on the type of case.

For Help

Call our office in the county where you live:

    • Monmouth County: (732) 866-0020
    • Ocean County: (732) 341-2727

Your call will be answered by an automated service. If you have a legal matter we can assist you with, your call will be answered by a Legal Line attorney or paralegal. If eligible for services, you will given either advice or your case will be referred to an attorney.

Entitlements/Public Benefits

  • Public Assistance
    (General Assistance, TANF)
    • Sanctions
    • Terminations
    • Reductions
    • Denials

  • Emergency Shelter Assistance (EA)
  • Food Stamps
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSA)
  • Social security Disability (Advice Only)

Other Legal Areas

  • Elder Law
    • Wills
    • Power of Attorney
    • Advanced Healthcare Directives


  • Tenants Rights and Evictions
  • Homelessness
  • Public and Subsidized Housing
  • Foreclosures (Advice & Referral)
  • Rental Assistance (Section 8)

Consumer Advocacy

  • Bankruptcy
  • Collections
  • Wage Garnishment

Family Matters

  • Domestic Violence
  • Custody, Support, Visitation
  • Divorce (for victims of domestic violence)

Legal Services of New Jersey’s website, www.LSNJLAW.org, offers resources meant to address the civil legal needs of low-income people. Designed for ease of use by people with little or no experience on the Internet, the site can be helpful to people of all income levels. Using a search box or clicking their way through clearly outlined contents, people with civil legal problems or questions can find the answers they seek, or information on how to get those answers, in easy-to-understand language. Major topic areas include housing, health care, government aid and benefits, employment, immigration, education, seniors, and youth.

Monmouth County Offices
303 West Main Street, Third Floor
Freehold, NJ 07728
Phone (732) 866-0020
Fax (732) 866-9009
TTY (732) 866-4178

Ocean County Office
215 Main Street
Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone (732) 341-2727
Fax (732) 505-3080
TTY (732) 341-0526
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