LawSpot is a free online legal Q&A service. Our purpose is to make the law more accessible to all New Zealanders. We do this by getting you, the user, to post up your question about New Zealand law on our website. A lawyer volunteer will then answer your question, free of charge, and LawSpot publishes the answer in a publicly accessible Q&A database.
No. When you register to ask a question, we only ask you for your email address and the region you live in.Why do I have to register to ask a question?
We require your email address so that we can notify you when your question has been answered. We need to know which region you live in so that we can connect you to community legal services convenient to you. Your details will never be published online or shared with our lawyer volunteers - your identity will be protected at all times.Who answers the questions?
Only qualified lawyers can answer questions on LawSpot. The answers are supervised by the Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley ("CLWHV")and published online under the CLWHV's profile. The lawyer's identity and your own identity will never be published or shared.How long does it take to receive an answer?
We'll try to get answers to you in 1-2 working days, but some tricky ones may take longer.Is my question confidential?
Once you submit your question, your question is screened by one of LawSpot’s administrators for
appropriateness. This just means that we will remove any offensive information, any information
that reveals identifying information about you and we will also categorise each question. Be
aware that your question may be modified slightly before it is put into a pool of questions
that our lawyer volunteers may choose to answer.
Only LawSpot administrators will be able to view the question directly as submitted by the user online. This is to ensure user anonymity to protect against the risk that lawyer volunteers could be conflicted out of answering some users' questions. At no point will a lawyer volunteer have access to identifying details about a user such as their email address. Lawyer volunteers will only be able to view a question once it has been vetted and anonymised by LawSpot administrators and categorised into the applicable area of law.
No. You will need to re-submit a new question if you want to change a question you have already submitted.Can I comment on answers provided?
Nope, sorry. LawSpot users can only post legal questions online - not general comments. If the answer given didn't quite address what you were asking, try re-submitting your question using different phrasing. Or if your question is too complex, we may recommend that you visit the community law centre closest to you, or consult your own lawyer.What if the lawyer gets it wrong?
The answers are supervised by Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley before they are published online. Lawyers enjoy the protections offered by CLWHV supervision and are not personally liable for the content of their answers. Also, an Important Notice is included as part of every answer published on LawSpot (so that you don’t forget that there are limitations to the answers provided). This notice makes clear that the use of LawSpot is no substitute for personal legal advice specific to your particular circumstances, and that no liability whatsoever is accepted by the authors or publishers of the answer, for loss, damage or inconvenience arising in any way from the use of this site.
Yes – you must hold a current practising certificate in order to volunteer to answer questions for LawSpot. If you’re a lawyer interesting in volunteering to answer questions, sign up here.How do I sign-up to answer questions?
Woohoo! We love it when peeps want to help! Just sign up here.Can I become a lawyer on LawSpot if I’m not in Wellington?
LawSpot is currently being piloted in the Wellington region. This means that for the moment only lawyers based in Wellington can volunteer to answer questions, and only the Wellington Community Law Centre supervises the answers given. But if you’re not based in Wellington and really want to help, please email us at email@example.com.How do I become a supporting partner of LawSpot?
Easy. Just see our Partner with Us page.