Legal Aid

Does Hartleys Lawyers do Legal Aid work?

YES

Hartleys Lawyers assists clients who are eligible for a grant of assistance from Victoria Legal Aid and first appointments are generally available in a timely manner.

Hartleys Lawyers appear regularly in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia throughout Victoria – Melbourne, Dandenong,  Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Morwell, Shepparton and Warnambool.

We offer assistance at various stages of your matter from the first Court date to Final Hearings. Hartleys Lawyers may also assist you mediations provided by Victoria Legal Aid prior to the commencement of proceedings. We strive to achieve an outcome for our clients which are practicable and promote a positive and child focused relationship between the Children and parties

Hartleys Lawyers has a dedicated legal aid team focused on assisting clients with parenting matters. We have provided assistance to those funded by a grant of assistance from Victoria Legal Aid since 2001.

We also have several experienced Independent Children’s Lawyers acting for Children in parenting matters.

Hartleys Lawyers is one of only a handful of panel practitioners. Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) has established panels of private law firms to whom Victoria Legal Aid may assign legal matters.

How do I get Legal Aid funding?

Hartleys Lawyers can assist you apply for funding directly to Victoria Legal Aid.

It is often the case that Victoria Legal Aid refer clients to us.

Hartleys Lawyers also has a team dedicated to preparing and lodging applications to Victoria Legal Aid on behalf of clients.

Am I eligible for a grant of assistance from Victoria Legal Aid?

Please call us on (03) 9364 7400 to discuss whether you might be eligible.

How long will it take for my funding to be approved?

Depending on your circumstances and availability of the required documentation your application may be able to be processed and approved in as little as a few days. If Victoria Legal Aid need to consider your application more closely you can expect a much longer timeframe for your application to be approved. We endeavour to keep you informed of the stage of your application with Victoria Legal Aid.

Do you assist with urgent matters?

Hartleys Lawyers often assists clients with urgent parenting matters.

Hartleys Lawyers appear regularly in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia and can assist in Applications for Recovery Orders as well as other urgent matters.

Hartleys Lawyers can assist with making urgent applications for parenting orders and liaise with the Australian Federal Police as well as the Court if there are flight risks.

How do I get started?

Please call us on (03) 9364 7400 to discuss your application.

There are no charges involved for preparing and lodging your application.