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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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Explains the income assistance (welfare benefits) that's available to those living on reserve. Outlines the different types of social assistance benefits, how to qualify, and how to apply.
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A brochure for family law lawyers and advocates that describes relationship violence, the indicators of abuse, the risk factors, and what to do if your client has been victimized. It includes safety planning ...
Also available in: French
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Fact sheet about how to apply for welfare using your computer or mobile phone. Describes the three stages involved and the steps you follow at each stage. Expands on information printed in the booklet How to Apply for ...
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This poster provides a step-by-step overview of the Aboriginal child protection process and the rights of Aboriginal children and families. Note: If printing, use 11x17 paper.
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This fact sheet how to apply to court to become a child's guardian. It includes links to step-by-step guides on the Family Law in BC website about how to apply and links to additional required forms.
Also available in: French
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Explains what to do if you cannot pay a court fine on time. Covers the three possible options: paying part of the fine by the due date, asking for an extension, or asking for jail time instead. It also explains what ...
Also available in: French
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Identifies the law around child protection for Aboriginal children in BC, sets out some aspects of the child protection/removal process, and explains parents' and band rights and responsibilities.
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Step-by-step guide for appealing a sentence for people who may or may not be in custody. Explains how to apply for a legal aid or court-appointed lawyer, and if the application isn’t successful, how to prepare for an ...
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Describes how to defend yourself if you are charged with mischief and what the prosecutor must prove to find you guilty. Includes sentencing information and how to get legal help.
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Plain language booklet for Gladue report writers outlines how to prepare and write effective reports to help Aboriginal people before the court receive fair treatment. Explains what’s in a report, how to gather ...
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