Free legal advice service launched

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A FREE family legal advice service for Northumberland residents has been officially launched at an event in Longhirst Hall.

The project, which is being operated by Debt Advice Within Northumberland (DAWN), aims to improve access to quality legal support for families on a range of issues such as divorce, care work or domestic violence.

People can get face-to-face information in Morpeth and Ashington about how the specialist solicitors can help them.

DAWN Advice Chief Executive Liz Chadwick said: “This service will play a critical role at the heart of Northumberland, helping families who are dealing with a wide range of matters.

“Issues relating to family law are extremely complex and often emotions will be running sky-high, particularly when children are involved, so it’s essential that matters are resolved as quickly as possible.

“The location of the service, at the heart of two of the county’s biggest communities, will help make quality legal advice even more accessible to people when they need it most.”

The Longhirst Hall event featured presentations from DAWN family legal advice solicitors Sarah Kerrigan and Carolanne Seddon, Legal Services Policy and Development Manager at Citizens Advice Claire Blades, Children’s Services Manager at Northumberland County Council Patrick Boyle, and Richard Walton, Programme Manager from the Northern Rock Foundation, which is also supporting the project.

Anyone in need of family law advice should contact the team on 0300 303 1931 for an initial assessment to see if they are eligible for Legal Aid.

Phone lines are open Monday to Thursday, between 9am and 5pm, or Friday, from 9am to 4.30pm.