Legal Services Society

The Legal Services Society (LSS) provides legal aid in BC. Legal aid includes representation by a lawyer, legal advice, and legal information. LSS gives priority to people with low incomes, but many of its services are available to all British Columbians. LSS's mission is to provide innovative and collaborative legal aid services that enable people with low incomes to effectively address their issues within the justice system.

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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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This flowchart explains the process of seeking refugee protection in Canada. It outlines the steps for people who make a claim upon arrival and also for those who are already in BC. The chart also notes when and how to ...
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Short, easy-to-understand brochure 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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Explains who can get income assistance on reserve, what benefits are available, how to apply for income assistance on reserve, your rights and responsibilities while on benefits, and how to appeal a decision about ...
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Describes how to defend yourself if you are charged with theft under $5,000 and what the prosecutor must prove to find you guilty. Also includes sentencing information, how to get legal help, and a flowchart showing ...
Also available in: French
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This plain language brochure outlines legal aid services, and how and where to get help. It provides the phone numbers of all legal aid offices in BC. The other language versions (from 2016) don't include the most ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), French, Kurdish, Punjabi, Spanish
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This set of postcards introduces the reader to the basics of family law. Each card covers one legal aspect of separation, such as which laws apply, reaching agreements, and issues involving children.
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), French, Punjabi, Spanish
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The booklet explains what happens when an accused person wants to plead not guilty to a summary offence. It’s designed to guide a self-represented person through the basic steps in the court process both before and at a ...
Also available in: French
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Describes the child protection process in flow chart form. Step-by-step overview starts at the investigation, shows outcomes of the presentation hearing, and ends with possible outcomes of the protection hearing. ...
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Describes what abuse is, how to protect yourself and your children, what the courts can do, deciding parenting arrangements, and where to get help and support. Includes a checklist of what to take with you when you ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), French, Punjabi, Spanish
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