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Free Legal Aid in Trenton

Last updated: November 22, 2013

You have a legal issue in the Trenton. You can’t afford a lawyer. You barely make minimum wage waiting tables and are trying to pay your way through Rutgers. Or maybe you are a single parent trying to make ends meet. Whatever your situation, there’s good news for residents of Mercer County. You may qualify for free or low-cost legal services.

The main provider is Central Jersey Legal Services, a nonprofit legal aid organization providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors. County bar associations may also provide valuable information and more. Income limits may apply for you to qualify for free/low-cost help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you.

General Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

    PO Box 32159
    NJ 07102

    Tel: (973) 642-2084

    Areas of Law: Discrimination, Election and Voting, Freedom Speech, Freedom of Religion, Immigration Rights, LGBT Rights, Privacy, Police Practices, Jail and Prison Conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.

    Good to Know: The ACLU does not usually assist in the following types of cases: criminal defense or post-conviction appeals, divorce or child custody disputes, property disputes, tax problems, workers compensation issues, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges. Requests for legal assistance must be submitted online.

  • Central Jersey Legal Services

    198 West State Street

    Tel: (609) 695-6249

    Areas of Law: Civil

    Good to Know: This office assists low-income residents of Trenton, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy and Elizabeth. They do not handle any criminal matters.


  • Lawyers C.A.R.E

    Mercer County Bar Association

    Areas of Law: Family, Real Estate, Landlord/Tenant, Personal Injury, Wills and Estates, Bankruptcy, Criminal, Municipal, and Immigration

    Good to Know: Volunteer lawyers will assist Mercer County residents on a first-come, first-served basis at rotating legal clinics. Call to learn more. 

  • Legal Services of New Jersey (Statewide Hotline)

    100 Metroplex Drive, Suite 402
    P.O. Box 1357

    NJ 08818

    Tel: (888) 576-5529/(888) LSNJ-LAW

    Area of Law: Civil, Criminal Record Expungement, Consumer, Disability, Domestic Violence, Education, Family Law, Health Care Access, Housing, Immigration, Name Changes, Public Benefits, Senior Issues Small Claims, and more.

    Good to Know: This is New Jersey’s statewide legal hotline that provides brief service, advice and referrals over the telephone to low-income residents of New Jersey with civil legal problems. Criminal cases are referred elsewhere. Individuals can speak with attorneys in English and Spanish. The service is free, but income limits apply.


Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center

    PO Box 88
    NJ 07882

    Tel: (908) 453-4121

    Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Restraining Orders, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking

    Good to Know: Trained legal advocates are able to inform you of your rights, assist you in apply for a restraining order, and act as liaison with law enforcement.

    Important: If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).


  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Program

    Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey
    189 South Broad Street

    NJ 08601

    Tel: (609) 393-4900

    Areas of Law: Immigration, Asylum

    Good to Know: This organization may charge a nominal fee for services. Call to learn more.



  • Military Legal Assistance Program

    1 Constitution Square
    New Brunswick,
    NJ 08901

    Tel: (732) 937-7514

    Areas of Law: Family Law, Employment Law, Debtor-Creditor Law

    Good to Know: This pro bono program provides assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas as active duty members of reserve components of the armed forces after September 11, 2001.


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