New Jersey Eviction - Legal Resources and Help
New Jersey Eviction
A notice of eviction can be alarming for anyone; however, receiving a notice of eviction for a low-income, elderly or disabled New Jersey resident can be especially traumatic. The eviction process proceeds faster than other legal proceedings, meaning the recipient of the notice must act immediately to protect her rights and prevent an unlawful eviction. For New Jersey residents, there are a number of resources available to help understand the eviction process and potentially provide legal representation throughout the process.
Legal Services of New Jersey
Legal Services of New Jersey is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low income residents with civil legal problems. The organization provides information, resources and representation to qualified applicants. An intake worker will need information regarding your finances and the type of legal problem you are having. If you have been served with a notice of eviction, have it ready when you call. The hotline can be reached at 888-576-5525.
New Jersey Bar Association
Although there are a number of ways to obtain a referral for an attorney, the New Jersey Bar Association is an excellent place to start. The New Jersey Bar Association can provide a litigant with referrals for attorneys who specialize in housing law cases or representation of the elderly or disabled. In addition, if finances are an issue, the Bar Association can often refer you to an attorney who may consider taking the case on a sliding fee scale or even pro bono (without a fee). Each county has an office and corresponding telephone number which can be found on the Bar Association's website.
New Jersey Courts -Self Help
If you do not qualify for Legal Services, or wish to proceed pro see (self-represented), the New Jersey Courts provide an extensive self-help section online. The website provides basic information regarding housing rights as well as rights of the elderly or those with disabilities. In addition, the forms section provides forms that can be used to answer the notice of eviction or prepare a complaint of your own.
Area Agency on Aging
For a New Jersey resident who is facing an eviction and is over the age of 60, the Area Agencies on Aging may be able to provide assistance and/or representation. The agency has limited resources which are used to help residents with the greatest social and economic need. In order to see if you qualify for help through the Area Agencies on Aging, contact the hotline at 877-222-3737