Request for free legal advice - General legal issues
This is a form for residents of Wellington and Hutt Valley to request legal advice from Wellington and Hutt Valley Community Law. Filling it in does not guarantee a call back as we are working with limited resources during COVID-19 Alert Level 4.
Where possible, a lawyer with relevant expertise will call you back as soon as they are able. We ask that you keep your phone on you (and off silent) between 10am - 7pm as we cannot guarantee specific times for call-backs. Please be patient if it takes us awhile to get back to you.
We are able to provide initial legal advice to all clients. In some circumstances our lawyers may be able to provide further assistance to you such as writing letters, negotiating on your behalf, or going to court. This is entirely at our discretion, however, having regard to the urgency of the matter, our capacity, and the availability of other representation. We can also refer you on to other legal services as necessary, including lawyers who provide legal aid and those who charge a private fee. We will give you more information about this if we refer you to other lawyers.
We are a community service, and cannot advise landlords, employers, business or people in dispute with community groups. We don't prepare or witness wills, powers of attorney or relationship property agreements, and we don't give advice about land or property transactions or about administering estates.
We'll keep all your personal information confidential, and we'll only use it to help you resolve your issue and for quality assurance and insurance purposes. We may also use your information for our and our third-party funders statistical purposes, but never in a way where you will be personally identifiable.
What is your full name?
If you have a preferred name which differs from your full name, please include this in brackets
If you need an interpreter please tell us what language
What is your address?
What is your date of birth?
What is your gender?
Optional - please state your pronouns as well e.g. she/her or he/him.
What is your phone number?
We can not call you back if you do not provide us with a valid phone number
What is your email address?
Can we email you for feedback?
What is your ethnicity?
What is your iwi/hapu?
What is your employment status?
Working full time
Working part time
Not in paid employment
Please tell us if any of these apply to you
I am on a benefit
I have a community services card
I am not a resident of New Zealand
I am a student
I have a low/no income
I have a disability
None of the above apply to me
Have you used our services before?
How did you hear about us?
Tell us a bit about your issue
If you have a document it would be useful for the lawyer to see (e.g. employment agreement if you are inquiring about an employment dispute) please email these to
If anyone else is involved in your issue, please list their full names or the businesses. If you have any supporting documents, please email them to
For example your employer, an organisation, neighbor or ex-partner. Please give their full name. We cannot advise you until we have this information - if you answer this completely, we will be able to advise you sooner.
Family/Domestic violence or other safety concerns
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