Plain Language Law Newsletter No. 117
July 2022
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Webinar | Separation, Divorce and Property
Legal Aid NSW
Tuesday, 26 July 2022, 10-11pm

This free webinar from Legal Aid will cover the topic of separation, divorce and property. Join Michelle Tolmie and Nicole Pearce from the State Wide Advice Team of Legal Aid NSW to learn about separation, getting a divorce and negotiating a property settlement.
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Webinar | Disability Rights - Anti-Discrimination NSW
Legal Aid NSW
Wednesday 03 August 2022, 10-11am

This free webinar aims to enhance attendee's understanding of the disability discrimination, accessibility, reasonable adjustments and people’s rights and responsibilities under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act (1977).
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Book | Dealing with Debt: a legal guide to personal debt in NSW
Christina Pirina and Macarthur Legal Centre, State Library of New South Wales

This easy-to-read guide by Christina Pirina from the Macarthur Legal Centre provides practical information on issues including the different types of debt, how to prioritise debts, where to go for help, how to negotiate with creditors, the implications of and alternatives to bankruptcy, and how to deal with court action. The guide also includes sample forms and letters.

The book was published by the State Library, with the assistance of a grant from the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW.  Copies have been sent to all NSW public libraries, NSW Legal Aid offices, community legal centres, local courts, and Aboriginal legal centres.
Dealing with Debt will also be available online soon on the Find Legal Answers website.

Factsheet | Disaster damage (NSW)
Tenant’s Union of NSW

Tenants have rights under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 and Residential Tenancies Regulation 2019.  This factsheet is about damage to rented premises that is neither the fault of the landlord nor the tenant: the result of a storm, fire or flood, or other causes of such damage.  This factsheet also applies to those who rent a home in a residential land lease community (sometimes called a residential or caravan park).

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Resources| LawAccess NSW New-look resources 
LawAccess NSW

LawAccess NSW have recently released new-look resources. These resources are free and available to be ordered via the Legal Aid NSW publication portal by choosing LawAccess NSW as the topic.

  • Wallet Card these have been designed for distribution to customers/clients and contain contact information for LawAccess NSW services. Also available as a handy fridge magnet
  • Need Legal Help? is a brochure that contains information on LawAccess NSW services and contact information for LawAccess NSW.


Resources| Legal help for flood-affected communities (NSW) 
Community Legal Centres NSW

This resource provides information about how to contact community legal centres, other legal assistance services, and financial and emotional supports, including links to services, factsheets, and where to look for what kind of help. Community legal centres provide free, independent, and confidential legal support.  They can help with many legal problems disasters can cause, which might include:

  • Insurance claims
  • Housing and tenancies
  • Income and social security
  • Credit and debt
  • Domestic violence and AVOs
  • Destroyed documents and wills
  • Parenting arrangements.

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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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Information Sessions | Free Legal Talks for Community Workers
South West Sydney Legal Service

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.


Podcast | It's time to talk about consent  
Legal Aid NSW's Community Legal Education Team

In this episode, Julianne Elliot, a Senior Solicitor from Legal Aid NSW who specialises in educating young people about the law, provides a brief overview of NSW's new sexual consent laws, her experiences working with young people and what community workers can do to learn more about the reforms. Listen here »

Podcast | Tenants’ rights and obligations after a disaster
Renting Matters
Tenants’ Union of NSW and Legal Aid NSW

In this episode, Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch speaks to Brendan Ross, Coordinator of the Northern Rivers Tenants Advice & Advocacy Service and to Grant Arbuthnot, Principal Solicitor of the Tenants’ Union of NSW. This episode was originally recorded in March 2022.
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Podcast | Residential Land Lease Communities following a disaster
Renting Matters
Tenants’ Union of NSW and Legal Aid NSW

Residential land lease communities (sometimes called a residential or caravan park) were hit hard by the recent floods, as many are built on low-lying, flood-prone land. Bridget from the Community Legal Education Branch speaks to Paul Smyth, Tenants’ Union land lease communities solicitor. This episode was originally recorded in March 2022.
Listen here »  

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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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