Free Legal Aid in Edison

Last updated: November 5, 2013

Do you have a legal issue in the Edison township area, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are several free or low-cost legal service options for Middlesex county residents. The main provider is the Legal Services of New Jersey, a nonprofit legal aid organization providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors or county bar associations. Income limits may apply for you to qualify for free/low-cost help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you.

General Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

    PO Box 32159
    Newark
    , NJ 07102

    Tel: (973) 642-2084

    Areas of Law: Discrimination, Election and Voting, Freedom Speech, Freedom of Religion, Immigration Rights, LGBT Rights, Privacy, Police Practices, Jail and Prison Conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.

    Good to Know: The ACLU does not usually assist in the following types of cases: criminal defense or post-conviction appeals, divorce or child custody disputes, property disputes, tax problems, workers compensation issues, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges. Requests for legal assistance must be submitted online.  

  • Central Jersey Legal Services

    317 George Street
    Suite 201

    New Brunswick
    , NJ 08901

    Tel: (732) 249-7600

    Areas of Law: Civil

    Good to Know: This office assists low-income residents of Mercer, Middlesex and Union Counties. They do not handle any criminal matters. They also have offices in Trenton, Perth Amboy and Elizabeth.

  • Legal Services of New Jersey (Edison)

    100 Metroplex Drive
    Edison
    , NJ 08817

    Tel: (732) 572-9100

    Areas of Law: Family, Housing, Health, Elderly, Children/Youth Issues, Public Benefits, Employment, Education, Individual Rights, Probate, Consumer

    Good to Know: This office offers advice/legal counsel, brief services, self-help clinics, community legal education, and referrals, as well as full representation in administrative hearings and county, state, and federal courts. They do not assist with criminal cases. Applicants must qualify for services under financial guidelines. These guidelines are based on household size, income and assets. Most families who receive government benefits or who have minimum wage jobs are eligible for services.

  • Legal Services of New Jersey (Statewide Hotline)

    100 Metroplex Drive
    Suite 402

    Edison
    , NJ 08818

    Tel: (888) 576-5529

    P.O. Box 1357
    Legal Aid Hotline:  (888) LSNJ-LAW

    Areas of Law: Civil, Criminal Record Expungement, Consumer, Disability, Domestic Violence, Education, Family Law, Health Care Access, Housing, Immigration, Name Changes, Public Benefits, Senior Issues Small Claims, and more.

    Good to Know: This is New Jersey’s statewide legal hotline that provides brief service, advice and referrals over the telephone to low-income residents of New Jersey with civil legal problems. Criminal cases are referred elsewhere. Individuals can speak with attorneys in English and Spanish. The service is free, but income limits apply.

  • Legal Services of Northwest Jersey (Somerville)

    34 West Main Street
    Suite 301

    Somerville
    , NJ 08876

    Tel: (908) 231-0840

    Areas of Law: Family, Housing, Health, Elderly, Children/Youth Issues, Public Benefits, Employment, Education, Individual Rights, Probate, Consumer

    Good to Know: This office offers advice/legal counsel, brief services, self-help clinics, community legal education, and referrals, as well as full representation in administrative hearings and county, state, and federal courts. They do not assist with criminal cases. Applicants must qualify for services under financial guidelines. These guidelines are based on household size, income and assets. Most families who receive government benefits or who have minimum wage jobs are eligible for services.

  • Legal Services of Northwest Jersey (Hunterdon)

    82 Park Avenue
    Flemington
    , NJ 08822

    Tel: (908) 782-7979

    Areas of Law: Family, Housing, Health, Elderly, Children/Youth Issues, Public Benefits, Employment, Education, Individual Rights, Probate, Consumer

    Good to Know: This office offers advice/legal counsel, brief services, self-help clinics, community legal education, and referrals, as well as full representation in administrative hearings and county, state, and federal courts. They do not assist with criminal cases. Applicants must qualify for services under financial guidelines. These guidelines are based on household size, income and assets. Most families who receive government benefits or who have minimum wage jobs are eligible for services.

  • Legal Services of Northwest Jersey (Warren)

    91 Front Street
    Belvidere
    , NJ 07823

    Tel: (908) 475-2010

    Areas of Law: Family, Housing, Health, Elderly, Children/Youth Issues, Public Benefits, Employment, Education, Individual Rights, Probate, Consumer

    Good to Know: This office offers advice/legal counsel, brief services, self-help clinics, community legal education, and referrals, as well as full representation in administrative hearings and county, state, and federal courts. They do not assist with criminal cases. Applicants must qualify for services under financial guidelines. These guidelines are based on household size, income and assets. Most families who receive government benefits or who have minimum wage jobs are eligible for services.

Bar Associations

  • Reduced Fee Program

    Middlesex County Bar Foundation
    87 Bayard Street

    New Brunswick
    , NJ 08901

    Tel: (732) 828-3433

    Areas of Law: Bankruptcy (Chapter 7 Only), Criminal Matters, Expungements, Family Matters, Foreclosures (Defense Only), Landlord / Tenant, Municipal Court Matters, Name Change, Small Claims Actions, Special Civil Part Actions, Tort Defense

    Good to Know: This free legal aid service. It is a reduced-fee attorney referral service. Legal services are charged at a flat-fee rate.

  • Free Living Will

    Hunterdon County Bar Association
    PO Box 573

    Annandale
    , NJ 08801

    Tel: (908) 236-6109

    Area of Law: Probate

    Good to Know: Periodically, the Hunterdon County Bar Associations offers county residents the opportunity to work with an attorney and obtain a Free Living Will. Call to learn more.

Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center

    PO Box 88
    Washington
    , NJ 07882

    Tel: (908) 453-4121

    Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Restraining Orders, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking

    Good to Know: Trained legal advocates are able to inform you of your rights, assist you in apply for a restraining order, and act as liaison with law enforcement.

    Important: If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Immigration

  • Catholic Diocese of New Jersey: Immigration Services

    430 South Main Street
    Phillipsburg
    , NJ 08865

    Tel: (908) 977-3730

    Areas of Law: Immigration, Asylum, Domestic Violence

    Good to Know: Services are free or a sliding scale depending on your income level. They have three locations including Trinity Family Service Center in Perth Amboy, (732) 826-9160 and Unity Square at Sacred Heart Church in New Brunswick, (732) 545-0329.