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 infocard highlights legal aid coverage for refugees and the LSS immigration phone service, as well as the intake hours at the Vancouver legal aid office. The card is available in English on one side and French, ...
Also available in: Dari, French, Kurdish, Pashto, Spanish
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Describes how to defend yourself if you are charged with assault and what the prosecutor must prove to find you guilty. Includes sentencing information and how to get legal help.
Also available in: French
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Outlines the possible sentences for someone who pleads guilty or a judge finds guilty at trial. Describes what the convicted person can say to the judge before the judge decides on a sentence.
Also available in: French
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This LSS website is for people who identify as Aboriginal, and the people who help them. Features up-to-date community information, links to community-based resources, and features Aboriginal publications.
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This fact sheet describes a few examples of interjurisdictional issues and what would happen in each situation, including cases begun in BC before one party left the province, cases where the children are in another ...
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A self-help guide for either party to use in GETTING a parenting or child/spousal support order in either the Supreme or Provincial Court of BC if they both agree on the terms. Includes links to blank forms.
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Fact sheet about relationship abuse (family violence) explains guardian, parenting time, parental responsibilities, and contact with a child. Describes parenting orders and limits on parenting.
Also available in: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Farsi (Persian), Punjabi, Spanish
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This fact sheet provides a brief overview of family law legal issues as they apply to Aboriginal people. Covers caring for children, parenting arrangements, child and spousal support, property, and income assistance.
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This fact sheet explains when older brothers or sisters who are 19 or over may apply to court for guardianship of their siblings who are under 19 and sets out the factors the court considers in making the decision.
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This fact sheet defines child support; identifies the relevant laws and guidelines; defines "undue hardship," "special and extraordinary expenses," and the "40 percent principle"; sets out income tax implications; ...
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