Af­ford­able le­gal ad­vice to fill need

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Chloe Fraser

A qual­i­fied so­lic­i­tor is now avail­able at Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau’s Kwinana and Rock­ing­ham branches to cater for in­creas­ing com­mu­nity de­mand for low-cost le­gal ad­vice.

The not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion was founded in WA in 1963 to pro­vide an in­for­ma­tion ser­vice, link­ing peo­ple with their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

CAB of­fers in­for­ma­tion and re­fer­ral ser­vices — where mem­bers of the com­mu­nity can seek in­for­ma­tion ei­ther face-to-face, over the phone or on­line.

Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau of WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Kathryn Lawrence said the Kwinana and Rock­ing­ham branches re­cently ap­pointed a so­lic­i­tor to meet in­creas­ing com­mu­nity de­mand for the ser­vice.

“By pro­vid­ing a low-cost le­gal ad­vice on fam­ily law in­clud­ing prop­erty set­tle­ment, chil­dren mat­ters and di­vorce, es­tate mat­ters, as well as af­ford­able doc­u­ment prepa­ra­tion, we are hop­ing to give the ap­pro­pri­ate tools to peo­ple so they can re­solve their own is­sues at dif­fer­ent stages of their life,” she said. “We be­lieve that em­pow­er­ing and ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple is key to build­ing solid com­mu­ni­ties.”

A so­lic­i­tor is avail­able one day per month at the Kwinana and Rock­ing­ham branches.

Chair­woman Carol Adams wel­comed so­lic­i­tor Caro­line Ngare to the Kwinana branch and said a ded­i­cated so­lic­i­tor was “much needed”.

“In the short time that Caro­line has been at the branch, her ser­vices have been well utilised by those in the com­mu­nity in need of le­gal as­sis­tance,” she said.

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

Carol Adams wel­comes Caro­line Ngare.

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