Evening Advice Sessions

LGBTI Legal Services are available by appointment.

Please contact us if you would like more information or to make an appointment. We can organise telephone appointments where needed.

We recommend that you contact us before attending the Service to ensure we have a solicitor available who can assist with your legal matter.

If you are unable to contact to make an appointment, please arrive between 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm. While the Service continues to operate after that, we cannot accept clients who arrive after 7.30 pm.

You can attend the Service for legal advice and information where you have legal issues arising from your identification as LGBTI and/or where you feel more comfortable dealing with a solicitor who has specific skills, interest and understanding of issues and barriers faced by the LGBTI community.

The LGBTI Legal Service acknowledges the Turrbal, Jagera/Yuggera, Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Peoples as the Traditional Owners of the lands where the service operates. We wish to pay respect to their Elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the LGBTI community.The service is committed to providing a safe and culturally appropriate space for all people accessing the service.  An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander volunteer may be able to attend your session to talk to you before the appointment and come along with you for the legal appointment. Please let us know if you are interested in accessing this support. 
Also, if you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, please let us know if you are interested in volunteering to be a support person.  The service operates out of the QAHC building in Tenneriffe, from 6-8pm on Wednesdays.

Our solicitors provide legal advice on a range of legal matters, including:

  • Family law, separation/ relationship breakdowns and property settlements
  • Domestic violence
  • Surrogacy and parenting rights
  • Criminal law, including victims’ support
  • Employment law, including unfair dismissal, workplace bullying and harassment
  • Gender identification and sex changes
  • Civil matters
  • Administrative law matters, including issues in relation to government decisions, Centrelink matters.

 

Unfortunately due to the capacity of the Service and legal requirements, we are currently unable to assist in relation to the following matters:

  • Immigration and visas
  • Medical negligence
  • Building disputes
  • Personal injury
  • Taxation law
  • Commercial law
  • Investments

We are also unfortunately unable to provide legal representation or support outside our evening advice sessions. However, we can provide you with useful information to represent yourself in court.

 

What to Expect

At your appointment, a qualified solicitor will give general advice, help you to understand your options and provide a written copy of the advice.
The Service cannot give second opinions or advise you on behalf of someone else unless you have a power of attorney.

 

What to bring

  • All paperwork related to your legal issue or question
  • The full name of the person/company/institution who is on other side of dispute. Unfortunately we CANNOT give you advice without it. This is to ensure there is no potential Conflict of Interests.
  • A list of questions you would like the solicitor to answer
  • Please note: Prior to your consultation, you will need to complete and return a Client Intake Form Download