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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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Legal aid can help

Outlines the range of free legal aid services available to Aboriginal people with low incomes.
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Living Together or Living Apart: Common-Law Relationships, Marriage, Separation, and Divorce

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.
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Family law in BC

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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Sponsorship Breakdown

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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Parents' Rights, Kids' Rights: A Parent's Guide to Child Protection Law in BC

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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If You Can't Get Legal Aid for Your Criminal Trial: How to Make A Rowbotham Application

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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When You're Told to Have "No Contact"

This online resource explains what it means when someone wants protection from you because you are accused or have been found guilty of abuse or violence (including family violence).
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For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Family Law Protection Orders

TThis 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 get peace bonds and family law protection orders, ...
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If You're Charged with a Crime

Short, easy-to-understand booklet that outlines what happens when someone is charged with a criminal offence. It briefly describes the first steps in the court process and the different options that might be available. ...
Also available in: French
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Can't Pay Your Mortgage? What You Can Do If You're Facing Foreclosure

This revised booklet is for homeowners who can’t make their mortgage payments, or have received a Petition to go to court. It explains what homeowners can do during foreclosure, and lists agencies that can help. ...
Also available in: French
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