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Navigating Legal Issues

Navigating legal issues can be stressful and expensive. Fortunately there are free and low cost legal resources available that we can refer you to.

Legal Information Program

resource-centre-legal-information-programAs the community partner for the Legal Services Society, the Legal Information Program provides free confidential support and information to help you connect with Legal Aid and other legal resources available in BC.

Although we do not provide legal advice, we can assist you with calling the Legal Aid Call Centre in order to complete an application for Legal Aid. We can also provide many legal publications, as well as internet access to the various websites containing a wealth of information about a variety of law related issues including:

  • criminal
  • family
  • child protection
  • First Nations
  • civil
  • immigration
  • landlord-tenant issues

To connect with this program please call 604.885.4088 or email us using the form at the bottom of this page. 

Pro Bono Legal Clinics

Thanks to Gibsons lawyer Judith Wilson for hosting free half hour family law legal consultations this past winter and spring.

There will be NO local clinics over the summer months.

We look forward to hosting more clinics in the fall.

Please call Access Justice (below) to book a telephone clinic with a lawyer in the Lower Mainland. Although this is a free service, YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. (See details below.) 

To Book a Legal Consultation

Book an appointment by calling Access Justice 604.878.7400. You will be asked for your personal contact information, the nature of your legal issue, and the following qualifying questions:

  1. Is your household income below the amounts at this qualification link? (no proof required – honour system)  
  2. Do you have a legal problem?
  3. Are you currently receiving legal aid for this issue (if so not eligible)

For in person clinics: Arrive for your appointment a few minutes ahead of time. A volunteer will greet you and have you complete an intake form.

The lawyer will meet with you for 30 minutes in a confidential space. To get the most out of the appointment come prepared with questions and any relevant information.

The lawyer will provide you with a copy of notes from the meeting and suggest follow up if needed.

 

The Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) and the Justice Education Society have launched a free online course for tenants called Renting it Right. Designed for first-time renters, the course guides BC residents through the rental process. You don’t need to be a new tenant to pick up some very useful information on a wide range of topics, such as submitting a strong rental application, landlord and tenant rights, and resolving disputes.

TRAC has many online resources and can help answer landlord – tenant questions by phone 604.255.0546 or 1.800.665.1185 or email info@tenants.bc.ca 

For disputes contact the Residential Tenancy Branch by phone 604.660.1020 or 1.800.665.8779 or email hrsto@gov.bc.ca

 

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