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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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Provides easy-to-understand information on Aboriginal harvesting rights, the different regulations, what to do if you've been charged with an offence (such as illegally hunting) and where to get legal help. Includes ...
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For people facing a child protection hearing who’ve been denied legal aid but can’t afford a lawyer. Explains applying for a court-appointed lawyer; includes forms and what to say to the judge. The French version ...
Also available in: French
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Describes how wills and estates on reserve are different from wills and estates off reserve for status Indians who ordinarily lived on reserve at the time of their death.
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Describes how to defend yourself if you are charged with possession of an illegal drug and what the prosecutor must prove to find you guilty. Includes sentencing information and how to get legal help.
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A 6½-minute video in Spanish about making a sponsoring application for permanent residency within Canada.
Also available in: Spanish
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Explains why your client may not disclose relationship violence and provides steps you can take to encourage disclosure.
Also available in: French
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Explains what abuse is and where people who are being abused can get help. Includes information about keeping children safe, safety planning, men who are abused, and financial matters. Chinese (simp & trad), Punjabi, ...
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Farsi (Persian), French, Punjabi, Spanish
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Explains the different types of adoption in BC, and where to find out more about applying.
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Steps your client can take to start a safety plan and remain safe, and where to find further information and resources.
Also available in: French
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This fact sheet outlines client and lawyer roles and responsibilities, so each knows what to expect from the legal aid contract. It also explains what the lawyer’s time on the case includes, what the lawyer can’t do, ...
Also available in: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), French, Punjabi, Spanish
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