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Cite as: (2007) 81(7) LIJ, p. 15


Lawyers are being sought to help keep an online legal resource for Victorians in rural and regional areas up to date.

Rural Law Online, a project of the Victoria Law Foundation, was set up two years ago to provide plain language information across a range of legal areas to people in rural and regional areas, website manager Richard Coverdale said.

“The most popular part of the website is the law topics area,” he said.

“Within this area users frequently seek information on relationship breakdowns, share farming, firearms/driving offences, contracts and agreements, income tax, succession planning issues, statutory income/Centrelink loans and dissolving partnerships.”

Mr Coverdale said he was seeking lawyers who could help on a pro bono basis with reviewing existing material and updating it where necessary.

The site needed lawyers from across the spectrum, from those with knowledge in commercial law to others who knew about rural-specific issues.

No experience in web technology was required.

He said the site was popular, attracting an average of 600 visits a day, with an average of three to four pages used per visit.

“There is clearly a need in rural Australia for information on the law and legal compliance,” he said.

Law firms or lawyers able to help should contact Mr Coverdale at richardc@rurallaw.org.au or ph 5227 2245.

To visit the site, go to http://www.rurallaw.org.au

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