It’s hard to know where to begin when you’re looking for legal advice. Lawfully Explained describes common legal issues, what to expect in a courtroom, and provides guidance on how to find the best lawyer for you.
How can the Law Society help?
When you call the Law Society, we can help you by referring you to a law firm with expertise in a particular area of law, helping you find a lawyer who speaks your language, or helping you find free or low cost legal services. Please note that the Law Society is not a legal service and cannot provide legal advice.
- You can contact the Law Society on 02 6274 0300.
- You can also view our range of fact sheets that answer common legal questions.
Quick search online
Members of the public can also find lawyers or law firms with expertise in particular areas of law by searching our online database. Our database can also help you find firms located in particular areas of the ACT, or lawyers who can speak your language.
- You can visit the Find a Firm or Find a Lawyer search functions on our website.
Getting legal advice
How can I find a law firm with experience in a particular area of law?
You can use our search function to find registered law firms with particular areas of practice. You can also call the Society on 02 6274 0300 and ask for assistance. Please note that the Law Society cannot recommend particular law firms or solicitors — we will instead provide you with contact details for three randomly-selected firms or solicitors in the area you request.
How can I find a solicitor who speaks my language?
You can use our search function to find solicitors who speak particular languages. You can also call the Society on 02 6274 0300 and ask for assistance. Please note that the Law Society cannot recommend particular law firms or solicitors — we will instead provide you with contact details for three randomly-selected firms or solicitors in the area you request.
What free and low-cost legal services are available in Canberra?
There are a range of community legal centres providing advice and resources to the public in the Canberra region. Canberra. Visit our community legal centres page for more information.
I need legal advice, but I've been refused Legal Aid. What are my options?
You may also be eligible for assistance from the ACT Pro Bono Clearing House if you are likely to suffer a serious injustice without legal representation, you are not eligible for a grant of Legal Aid, and you are of insufficient means to afford legal services at professional charging rates. Please note that the Pro Bono Clearing House does not deal with Family Law matters.
I live in Queanbeyan, can the Law Society still help me?
The ACT Law Society is pleased to provide support to residents of Queanbeyan, and we can refer you to local NSW services where appropriate.
Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre can provide legal advice to people on issues such as employment, financial hardship, tenancy, fines, parenting arrangements, family law, domestic violence and victims support, and other civil law matters. Clients should call 1800 229 529 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a telephone appointment.
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Community Legal Centres
Links to community legal centres providing advice and resources to the public.Find out more
ACT Pro Bono Clearing House
Do you need legal advice but can't afford to pay professional legal fees? Does your legal need fall outside established guidelines for legal...Find out more