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Plain Language Law Newsletter No. 114
December 2021
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Community legal education 

Webinar | Planning a Merger - Key Legal Issues for Not-for-profit Organisations
Justice Connect
Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 12.45-2pm
Cost $35-$60
This introductory level webinar from Justice Connect is suitable for anyone considering merging or amalgamating. In the current COVID climate, Justice Connect are hearing from more and more organisations considering merging or amalgamating. Merging with another group can have its advantages, however achieving a successful merger takes planning and effort. Before heading down this road, your organisation should understand what’s involved – including the benefits and costs, the due diligence required and other legal issues that might come up along the way.The 75 minute webinar will cover what it means to merge or amalgamate with another group – and why do it, key legal considerations for groups joining together, key steps in the amalgamations and merger procces and how to perform ‘due diligence’. There will also be additional resources provided that may help in the future. 
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Webinar | Introduction to the Defence and Veterans Legal Service (DAVLS) and referrals
Legal Aid NSW
Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Defence and Veterans Legal Service (DAVLS) has been established to assist people to engage with the Royal Commission into Defence and Veterans Suicide (the Royal Commission). They provide free, independent legal advice and support to anybody considering sharing their experiences with the Royal Commission. There is no income or assets test and there is no eligibility criteria for assistance. This webinar will provide information on their approach to protecting their independence and their clients’ privacy, delivering trauma-informed, high quality legal information and advice - working to make this commission a benefit to the veteran community. There’ll be resources to share and time for questions.
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Webinar | Immigration Advice and Rights Centre’s (IARC) Lunchtime Immigration Series
IARC
Ongoing. From Thursday, 3 February 2022, 12-1pm
Free
IARC is a not-for-profit, specialist community legal centre providing free legal advice and assistance in immigration and citizenship law to people throughout New South Wales. IARC’s lunchtime legal education seminars are designed to help community workers who support people from migrant and refugee backgrounds better understand Australia’s immigration system. Starting in October 2021, their immigration seminars will give participants:
•     an overview of a variety of topics related to immigration;
•     a better understanding of the immigration process;
•     the skills to identify an immigration problem; and
•     information about where and how to refer a client for expert legal advice.
For any questions, please contact Sienna at community@iarc.org.au.
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Guides to the law
Resources | Ask Lois
Women’s Legal Service NSW
Created and run by Women’s Legal Service NSW, Ask LOIS is a website providing a free legal online information service (LOIS) for community workers in NSW who are responding to women with legal needs. Ask LOIS provides a useful resource library and monthly webinars presented by solicitors and experts on a wide range of legal topics. 
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Guide | Restitution
LawAccess NSW
LawAccess NSW has expanded the topics in the Representing Yourself section of the website to include a new topic called "Restitution". Representing Yourself is a section of the website designed to help people who are dealing with legal problems in NSW without a lawyer, by providing practical, plain language information on specific areas of law and the legal process. The Restitution topic is for people who have received an order for restitution from Victims Services or an overdue fine notice from Revenue NSW.
The topic has information about:

  • What is restitution
  • Responding to an order for restitution
  • Existing payment arrangement with Victims Services
  • Responding to an overdue fine from Revenue NSW
  • Bankruptcy
  • Whos who at NCAT
  • Forms and FAQs

You can view the new topic here.  


Guide | How to Stick to Your Order
Legal Aid NSW, 2021
The CLSD Program at Legal Aid NSW has announced that How to Stick to Your Order, a guide for defendants to Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO), is now available to watch via their YouTube channel. View here »
The animation contains:

  • An explanation of an ADVO
  • Information about the consequences of breaching an ADVO
  • Tips for sticking to an ADVO, and
  • Frequently asked questions about real life scenarios that could result in breaching an ADVO and how to approach them.

The full animation is accompanied by 8 short videos; one to explain an ADVO and one for each FAQ. Subtitles can be turned off if needed. A pdf version of the original pocket guide is also available here, in the publications section of the Legal Aid NSW website. The paper version of the pocket guide will also be available for services to order directly, on an ongoing basis via the Legal Aid NSW website in the coming months. Enquiries can be made via email.

Guide | Going to court: How can Legal Aid NSW help you?
Legal Aid NSW, 2021
This guide explains what to do if you have received a Court Attendance Notice for a criminal offence and have to go to a Local Court in New South Wales.
A pdf version is also available here, in the publications section of the Legal Aid NSW website. 

Guide | Renters Guide to COVID-19 (NSW)
Tenants’ Union of NSW
The Tenants' Union of NSW produces a renters guide to provide legal information about situations that may arise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guide is regularly updated as health advice and measures are put in place under the Residential Tenancies Act to ameliorate the impact of these on tenants in private and social housing. It is available in seven community languages: ArabicChinese (traditional)Chinese (modified)KoreanSpanishThai and Vietnamese.
They are available on their website.

Podcast | Renting Matters  
Legal Aid NSW and Tenants Union of NSW
Renting Matters is a new series which explores all aspects of tenancy and other living arrangements, such as boarding or lodging and living in a Land Lease Community in NSW. This series is a joint project between the Tenants’ Union of New South Wales and Legal Aid NSW. There is useful information in this episode about how community workers can help clients looking for a new place to live. This series is a joint project between the Tenants’ Union of New South Wales and Legal Aid NSW. Listen here »

Information Sessions | Free Legal Talks for Community Workers
South West Sydney Legal Service
Ongoing
South West Sydney Legal Centre provides free legal services for disadvantaged and marginalised communities in the south west Sydney region. They regularly host free legal talks for community workers and their clients on how to understand and protect legal rights, how to avoid and address legal problems and how to get legal help.
For more information call 02 9601 7777 (Mon, Tue & Thu 10am-12pm), or visit their website.

Factsheets from Legal Aid NSW in relation to COVID-19
 

Legal Aid NSW has produced a range of resources and collated resources from other Government departments to assist individuals affected by legal issues during COVID-19. A range of factsheets about COVID-19 and the law are available on the Legal Aid NSW website. These factsheets may be useful for sharing with your colleagues or with clients who are seeking clarification about the Public Health Orders or other everyday legal problems during the pandemic.
  • Public Health Orders
  • Courts, police and crime
  • Domestic violence
  • Families, relationships and children
  • Government, social security and rights
  • Housing and tenancy
  • Jobs and employment
  • Money, debt and fines
  • Practitioner resources
  • Resources from other government organisations
The full suite of Legal Aid NSW factsheets can be found at the COVID-19 resource hub
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This newsletter is produced by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW with assistance from the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC) at the State Library of NSW. 
 
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