Essex County Legal Aid Association (ECLAA) focuses on providing immediate legal advice, preparing pro se legal paper work and making referrals to other agencies able to further assist our clients.
ECLAA performs this service on-site, in the courthouse -- the Hall of Records at 465 Martin Luther King Blvd in Newark. Like a medical emergency room, we are physically located where crises for poor people related to the absence of legal support are likely to emerge. We perform a form of triage similar to an emergency room. Every one of our clients receives immediate emergency legal advice, legal paper work preparation, and counseling from our small legal staff. ECLAA's free legal services are available to qualified poor people who need such emergency help and may have even arrived in court unaware of legal support services available to them. When appropriate, we also refer our clients to other organizations when it becomes clear to us that full legal representation is needed. We provide referrals to Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, Essex-Newark Legal Services and other legal-services organizations whose missions are broader than ours – and can provide full legal representation in court, in arbitration, etc..
At ECLAA, we treat our clients with courtesy and integrity. We guarantee realistic and honest legal advice. We served more than 1,000 clients on an emergency basis in 2010 from our office in the Hall of Records. None of our clients paid a penny for this free on-the-spot legal advice.
If you are poor, live in Essex County, and need legal advice related to civil matters (we do not handle criminal matters), give us a call. We are available when the courts are open. Call us at (973) 622-0063 to confirm our hours. No legal advice can be given over the phone.