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The Legal Assistance for Women program (LAW) provides women who have legal issues a consultation with an attorney for a nominal fee of $12 (inquire about fee reduction). One-time, individual consultations are confidential and tailored to suit your special needs. All appointments are scheduled in advance. All consultations are virtual and deal with family law or bankruptcy matters. Telephone consultations also can be arranged to address elder law concerns. Call the NCJW/Essex Center for Women for more information.

Scheduling a Consultation:

The primary purpose of a LAW consultation is to provide direction as to how to access the legal system. More specifically, an attorney may answer questions about:

  • The law as it applies to your situation.
  • The validity of your particular problem.
  • Whether or not it would be advisable for you to retain counsel and/or where to go if you cannot afford an attorney.

Your visit with an attorney should be viewed as an initial step in addressing your concerns. This ONE-TIME ONLY consultation may not be able to provide you with a resolution to your particular problem.  

LAW provides clients with a confidential 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney to determine how to approach a legal concern. Appointments must be scheduled in advance.  At this time, all appointments are conducted virtually. 

All LAW appointments require a $12.00 fee, and APPOINTMENTS WILL NOT BE MADE WITHOUT PAYMENT OF THE FEE.

This fee, which is non-refundable and non-transferable, reserves a 30-minute, ONE-TIME ONLY consultation. Upon receipt of your application, we will call you to schedule your appointment.

Legal Assistance for Women

To request a LAW consultation:

Click below to pay the $12.00 consultation fee.

Please download and complete the form, then email it to Barbarah D’Haiti at

When we receive your payment and application, one of our LAW program volunteers will contact you to schedule your consultation. 

Questions:  Contact the CFW at 973.994.4494 or 

To Volunteer:

Attorneys: To volunteer to work with our clients, please contact NCJW/Essex Center for Women at 973.994.4994.

LAW Assistants are volunteer representatives of the NCJW/Essex Center for Women who contact clients and connect them with the volunteer attorneys for a consultation. 

The LAW program is currently operating entirely remotely, primarily via phone.  On-the-job training for volunteer attorneys is available. 

To volunteer, please mail us at:

“I want to make a difference in my community by volunteering, leading, organizing, contributing.
Where else can I do so much and have so much fun? NCJW/Essex suits me perfectly.”