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People's Law School

People's Law School is a BC non-profit organization with recognized expertise in high-quality public legal education and information. It works to help British Columbians recognize the legal aspects of everyday situations and take appropriate action. Services include: reliable, easy to understand information on peopleslawschool.ca and dialalaw.ca; webinars; print resources through Crown Publications; and a Q+A email service.

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Applying For Employment Insurance

In Canada, the government offers financial support to people who are without work. Learn whether you are eligible for Employment Insurance benefits, and the steps to apply for benefits.
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Buying a Used Car

Buying a used vehicle can be risky. The vehicle might have hidden problems or the seller might be dishonest. Learn what to watch for and how to deal with any problems.
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If You Receive an Appearance Notice or Summons

An appearance notice and a summons tell a person they must appear in court to respond to a criminal charge. Learn what to do on getting an appearance notice or summons.
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Defending Yourself Against a Criminal Charge

If you are charged with a criminal offence and you cannot afford a lawyer or get legal aid, you may have to defend yourself. Learn your rights and what’s involved.
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A Death in Your Family

A Death in Your Family is for people in British Columbia who want to know what to do when a loved one dies. It covers preparing for the death of a loved one, what to do immediately after the death, making the funeral ...
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Warehouse Liens

When someone leaves goods at a storage facility, the business has a legal claim on the goods. This is called a “warehouse lien”. It can help the business recover their fees.
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Wills & Estates Q&A

Questions and answers on wills and estates topics. Volunteer legal professionals provide answers to questions from the public relating to wills, dealing with death, settling an estate, and personal planning.
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Foreclosure

If you default on your mortgage, the lender can go to court to take the property you mortgaged or sell it to pay the debt. This process is called “foreclosure”.
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If You Have a Problem with a Doctor

If you’re concerned with the treatment provided by a doctor or about a doctor’s conduct, there are steps you can take. Learn how to make a complaint about a doctor.
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Owning a Condominium

Owning a condominium isn’t the same as owning a house. In many ways, it’s more complex. Learn the legal framework involved, and common questions for those who own a condo.
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