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Legal Aid BC

Legal Aid BC is a non-profit organization created by the Legal Services Society (LSS) Act in 1979 to provide legal information, advice, and representation services. Our priority is to serve the interests of people with low incomes, but many of our services are available to all British Columbians. Our services are offered at legal aid locations throughout the province, and online through our websites: legalaid.bc.ca, family.legalaid.bc.ca, aboriginal.legalaid.bc.ca, and mylawbc.com.

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Outlines the range of free legal aid services available to Aboriginal people with low incomes.
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This plain language booklet gives a general overview of the financial issues surrounding separation, including when it might be possible to apply to the courts to cancel or change a separation agreement and how to ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), French, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino
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This booklet explains the process to get welfare, including how to qualify; apply by phone, in person, or online; apply for disability assistance; and appeal a ministry decision. It includes a list of who can help if ...
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Explains the basics of BC family law: marriage/marriage-like relationships, separation, divorce, agreements, parenting, child/spousal support, property/debt, and where to get help. Includes a glossary of definitions ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), French, Punjabi, Spanish
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Sponsorship Breakdown is for permanent residents who need help when the person sponsoring them in Canada is no longer supporting them. Explains what happens when a sponsorship breaks down, and how to apply for welfare.
Also available in: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Farsi (Persian), Punjabi, Spanish
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Information and self-help guides on family law in BC. Topics covered include abuse, adoption, child protection/removal, common-law relationships, custody & access, divorce & separation, child support, and spousal ...
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For people facing serious and complex criminal charges who have been denied legal aid but cannot afford a lawyer. Explains why, how, and when to ask the judge to appoint a free lawyer.
Also available in: French
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Explains what happens if the Director of Child Protection has concerns about a child's safety or plans to remove them. Describes collaborative (shared) planning, decision-making options, presentation/protection ...
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This fact sheet explains what it means when the court makes a no contact order against someone involved in a family violence incident. It describes the five types of no contact orders and what might happen if someone ...
Also available in: French
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This booklet is for people living in BC who need protection from a partner they are ― or have been ― in an intimate relationship with. Explains how and when people can apply for peace bonds and family law protection ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Farsi (Persian), French, Punjabi
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