Essex County Legal Aid Association
Free emergency legal advice to poor residents of Essex County, New Jersey
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If you need legal help and are income eligible...

If you need legal advice and qualify for free legal services from ECLAA, come to our office in Room 118 at the Newark Hall of Records, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ 07102.  We cannot provide legal advice by phone or online, only in person.  Generally, the best time of day to come to our office is before 10 a.m. We are generally open Monday-Thursday each week, starting at 8 a.m.     

Eligibility is based on your household income and the size of your family/household. See the table below.

When you arrive at ECLAA's office, you will need to fill out a brief intake form. Copies of that form are available right on our office door.  Complete the form as best you can. If you have trouble completing the form, ask for our help. Then, once an ECLAA attorney has finished working with another ECLAA client, we will be able to see you -- if you are income eligible. 

In addition to bringing normal contact information with you to ECLAA's office -- like your name, address, phone number(s) or e-mail address, you must
 bring:
  • proof of your residency in Essex County, 
  • documentation of your current income, as well as 
  • any other information that might allow us to help you quickly and effectively (e.g., court date if you have one, docket number, court location if assigned, copies of any relevant documents about the emergency legal matter). 
ECLAA uses a maximum income eligibility cap of 250% of the Federal poverty guidelines for all our clients.  If you make less each year than the relevant annual income for your size household, ECLAA will be able to provide our free emergency legal assistance to you and your family.  Our use of these income caps is rooted in the guidelines of one of our larger grantmakers -- the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey.    

To figure out whether you are eligible for ECLAA's free legal help, first find the size of your family/household (including all adults and children).  Then compare your annual household income with the maximum cap for annual income shown in the household income column for that household size.  If your annual income is less than that bold number for your household size, you are eligible for ECLAA's free legal services on your emergency civil matters.  Remember to bring documentation of your income with you when you visit ECLAA.   

If your household    Then, your 2017 household income must be
size is:                   b
elow 
25
0% of the Federal poverty guideline:

 1 person                 $  30,150
 2 people                    $  40,600
 3 people                    $  51,050
 4 people                    $  61,500
 5 people                    $  71,950
 6 people                    $  82,400
 7 people                    $  92,850
 8 people                    $103,300


 For each additional person in your family/household above 8 people, add:
                                  $  10,450
    
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