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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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When Your Common-Law Spouse Dies

Learn your rights, and what you’re entitled to, if your common-law spouse dies. Learn what happens if your spouse left a will, if they didn’t, and if you had children.
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Dividing Property and Debts

When their relationship ends, spouses are presumed to keep property they brought into the relationship and to share in property they acquired during their relationship. The same goes for debt.
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Residential Tenancy

BC’s residential tenancy law applies to most types of rental housing in the province. Learn key aspects of this law, and answers to common questions raised by tenants and landlords.
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Marriage Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements

Not all relationships last forever. With a marriage or cohabitation agreement, couples can plan for if their relationship ends, as well as how to handle things while they are together.
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Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider gives substandard treatment that causes harm to a patient. Learn your rights in getting medical care and what can constitute medical malpractice.
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Charging Someone with a Criminal Offence

Typically, for someone to be charged with a crime, the police must recommend charges and a prosecutor (called Crown counsel) must approve the charge. Learn what’s involved in the process.
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Power of Attorney

This booklet tells you how a power of attorney can be used to give someone the legal power to take care of financial and legal matters for you. It explains the types of powers of attorney, who can be an attorney, their ...
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Introduction to Family Law

Family law deals with legal issues that impact families. Family breakups, divorce, marriage, adoption, and family violence all fall within this area of law. Learn the basics of family law.
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Dealing with an Estate

Practical, step-by-step information about what you need to know when dealing with an estate. Learn what is involved if you are asked to be an executor, the ten steps to settle an estate, and the steps to take if you ...
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Dealing with Debt Collectors

If you’re behind on debt payments, there are laws to protect you from harassment by collectors. For example, collectors can’t use threatening language or contact you during certain times of day.
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