Legal Information, Legal Advice and Lawyers
Legal Advice and Lawyers
Note about lawyers & legal advice in BC
- Due to recent cuts to BC's legal aid system, relatively few legal services are available for those who are unable to afford lawyers.
- Unfortunately, West Coast LEAF's mandate does not include helping individuals with legal problems.
- However, the following organizations may be able to provide you with legal information, a lawyer or other legal advocate, either for free or at a low cost.
Legal Services Society (Legal Aid)
The Legal Services Society provides lawyers to help low income people with certain types of legal problems, including family law problems where there is a risk of violence, child apprehension, or child abduction by the other parent. Financial eligibility is determined by an income test. Visit the website for how to apply.
The Law Line
This is a hotline established by the Legal Services Society to provide 'brief legal services' to low income people who cannot access alternative services. The Law Line is staffed by paralegals and lawyers. Financial eligibility is determined by an income test over the phone.
604.408.2172 (Lower Mainland)
1.866.577.2525 (Toll Free)
Law Students Legal Assistance Program (Vancouver)
A clinic offering free legal advice and represenation to persons throughout the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Advice is provided by law students at the University of British Columbia, assisted by accredited members of the bar. 604.822.5791
The Law Centre (Victoria)
Lawyers and law students provide legal advice, assistance and represenation to clients who cannot otherwise afford a lawyer. The Law Centre deals with criminal matters, family law, human rights, civil disputes, EI, welfare, residential tenancy matters, and CPP. 250.385.1221
Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)
CLAS can assist with EI apeals, WCB appeals, judicial reviews of welfare appeals, and charitable tax law issues. It also litigates test cases and seeks to reform laws in all areas of law relating to the economically, socially, physically, and mentally disadvantaged. 604.682.3425
Lawyer Referral Service
Connects callers with appropriate lawyers to assist with their legal problems. Lawyers offer reduced rates for the first half-hour of consultation, but standard rates apply thereafter. This is a good service if you are trying to decide whether or not your problem requires the assistance of a lawyer. 1.800.663.1919
Legal Help From Non-Lawyers
Battered Women's Support Services Legal Advocacy Program
Provides a range of legal services for battered women involved in the justice system, including information, support, help with forms, accompaniment to court, and referrals.
Family Justice Centres
This is a service provided by the Attorney General of BC to assist families going through separation or divorce. Family Justice Counsellors can help with reaching agreements on custody, guardianship, access or support. They can also provide information on family law court processes, referrals to legal services, mediation services, and short-term counselling. 1.800.663.7867 (Enquiry BC) Ask for the closest Family Justice Centre
PovNet's "Find an Advocate" Directory
This site provides an excellent list of anti-poverty advocates across BC who can assist you with residential tenancy matters, employment assistance, disability benefits, worker's compensation, and a range of other matters.
This is a website provides legal information and education about legal resourecs for those in BC.
Formerly called Access to Justice Network, LawNet Canada is an online bank of Canadian legal information on a wide range of topics.
This service provides pre-recorded practical information on common legal problems. Provided by the Canadian Bar Association.
604.687.4680 (Lower Mainland)
1.800.565.5297 (Toll Free)
Law Students Legal Assistance Program (LSLAP) Manual
This is an online manual containing introductory information on topics including family law, domestic violence, human rights, and children and the law. Prepared by University of British Columbia law students and faculty. Please visit the website to view the manual.
The Law Connection
This website provides BC teachers with resources to incorporate legal principles into their teaching.
Searchable database of community resources in Vancouver. Type in 'legal services' and click 'search.'
Elizabeth Fry Societies
A network of groups that work with and for women and girls in the justice system to ensure substantive equality in the delivery and development of services and programs. The national website contains information on women in the criminal justice system and contact information for BC Elizabeth Fry Societies.
Justice for Girls (Vancouver)
Non-profit organization that provides court monitoring, public education, advocacy and legal education for low income and street-involved teenage girls who have experienced violence.
Qmunity, BC's Queer Resource Centre
Qmunity offers emotional support, accompaniment to police, hospital, or court; information about legal processes; and, referrals to social and legal services.
604.684.5307 PrideLine: 1.800.566.1170 (7pm to 10pm)