A RISE in family law cases has prompted Legal Aid NSW to set up an office in Albury.
The move means Border clients will no longer rely on the Legal Aid Wagga office which has furnished solicitors for Albury court cases.
Three lawyers and two support staff will be recruited for the Albury site which is expected to open before June 30.
Its location is unclear.
The member for Albury, Greg Aplin, said the new office would have lawyers to assist with family law, criminal law and legal problems related to faulty goods, dodgy contracts or loans.
Legal Aid NSW chief executive Bill Grant said the organisation wanted to liaise with its Victorian counterpart and the Hume Riverina Community Legal Centre on cross border issues.
“We have noticed an increase in the need especially for family law services, and having a dedicated local lawyer who can appear in family law and child protection matters will be a great help,” Mr Grant said.