Northeast New Jersey Legal Services: Dedicated to Equal Justice for All
Providing free legal services to low-income Bergen, Hudson and Passaic County residents. We specialize in Housing, Family, Public Benefits, Consumer, Health, Immigration, Tax and Senior Law Matters.
Did you Know?
Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties have over 200,000 children, seniors and adults living in poverty.
Every year 40,000 tenants are evicted from their homes in Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties.
Every year 13,000 Bergen, Hudson and Passaic county residents are the victims of domestic violence and seek restraining orders.
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services provides assistance to over 10,000 low income Bergen, Hudson and Passaic county residents with serious legal problems each year.
If you are a Bergen, Hudson or Passaic County resident with a civil legal problem and you can not afford an attorney, please call NNJLS.
Who are We?
We are a non-profit corporation supported with public and private funds. We provide free legal services to low-income Bergen, Hudson and Passaic County residents in a variety of civil law matters. Our attorneys, paralegals, and support staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services. We seek to assure that access to the civil justice system is not denied to our clients simply because they can not afford a private attorney.
What types of service do we provide?
We provide a broad array of legal services, including legal representation and advice, legal advocacy, community education and information and referral.
In addition, we have special programs providing services for senior citizens, the disabled, tenants and victims of domestic violence.
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services also provides speakers for community groups. If you would like us to talk to your group, please give us a call.
In what areas of law do we provide services?
Housing: Representation and Advice in landlord/tenant, foreclosure, rent assistance, public housing, community economic development and other housing matters.
Family: Assistance in obtaining domestic violence restraining order and advice and representations in child support, child custody, divorce and other family law matters.
Public Benefits: Advice and representation in matter involving eligibility for public benefits, such as Social Security Retirement and Disability, SSI, Medicaid, Medicare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Food Stamps, General Assistance and other benefits.
Immigration: Advice and representation in naturalization and other immigration matters.
Consumer: Advice and representation in matter involving collection, unfair and deceptive practices, credit and bankruptcy.
Tax: Advice and representation in federal tax matters as part of our Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Program.
Senior Citizens: Advice and representation for senior citizens in housing, social security, consumer health and other legal matters affecting seniors.
What should you do if you need an attorney?
Contact us! We will determine if you are financially eligible for our services and also whether you have the type of legal problem we handle. If eligible, one of our case handlers will discuss with you the best course of action. We also will make special arrangements for the homebound and people with disabilities.
Even if you are not eligible, we will make sure you are referred to an agency that may be able to help you.
What is the Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Program?
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services maintains a list of private attorneys who have agreed to represent needy residents free of charge. The PAI Program allows us to provide services to more people while assuring participating attorneys that they are p0roviding free service only to truly needy individuals. We first evaluate the case to determine if it is appropriate for referral to the PAI Program. The case is then referred to a private attorney who will provide the same quality representation that can be expected from our staff.
Do you have a legal problem?
If so, please contact your local county office at:
Bergen County Division
190 Moore Street, Suite 100
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Telephone: (201) 487-2166
Fax: (201) 487-3513
Hudson County Division
574 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Telephone: (201) 792-6363
Fax: (201) 798-8780
Passaic County Division
152 Market Street, 6th Floor
Paterson, NJ 07505
Telephone: (973) 523-2900
Fax: (973) 523-9002
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services is an equal opportunity affirmative action agency and provides services without regard to race, color, gender age, disability, religious, national origin or sexual orientation.
Disclaimer: I have not used the service so I can not give a yes or no answer to the program. Your best bet is to contact the respected offices and ask about your needs and what the problem you are having.