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Making an Employment Standards Complaint

People’s Law School

Explains the steps you need to take to make an employment standards complaint to the BC Employment Standards Branch. It covers what you should know, including the limits on what you can complain about, and that employers can’t fire you for making a complaint. There are links to helpful agencies and where you can get free or low-cost legal help.

Last reviewed June 2024
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Your Tenancy: Locks and Keys

Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC)

Explains the rules landlords must follow about locks and keys. It includes what you need to know when starting a tenancy, during a tenancy, and when ending a tenancy. It includes information on dispute resolution, with previous Residential Tenancy Board decisions.

Last reviewed June 2024
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Personal Property Liens and Searches

Government of British Columbia

Explains liens are registered legal claims on personal property, and personal property is collateral that includes tangible and intangible items (including but not limited to consumer goods, vehicles, boats, aircraft, chattel paper, and licences). You can search for personal property liens, register a lien, and more.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Estate Administration On-Reserve: Templates Package

Government of Canada

Contains generic templates to help with the routine tasks of administering a simple estate under the Indian Act. It’s intended to be used with the booklet “Estate Administration On-Reserve: A Guide for Executors and Administrators in British Columbia.”

Last reviewed May 2024
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Estate Administration On-Reserve: A Guide for Executors and Administrators in British Columbia

Government of Canada

Guide for people appointed by Indigenous Services Canada as the executor or administrator of the estate of a family member or friend who has passed away.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Parenting after Separation (PAS) Courses

Government of British Columbia

PAS is a free online three-hour course for parents and others who are going through separation or divorce. It helps ensure that your decisions are being made in the best interest of the children. The course may be required if you’re involved with the court. Offered in Punjabi and English and for Indigenous families.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Parenting after Separation for Indigenous Families (course)

Government of British Columbia

This free online course is for parents and family members who identify as Indigenous or have children who identify as Indigenous. It helps parents and family members make decisions about caring for their children after separation or divorce. Learn about guardianship, parenting arrangements, contact, spousal and child support, and using mediation.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Trials in Provincial Court

Legal Aid BC

Information about getting ready for a family law trial in Provincial Court, including what happens at a trial, how the courtroom is set up, how evidence is presented, and what goes in a trial book.

Last reviewed May 2024
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Your Bank Account: How to Deal with Problems

People’s Law School

Most of us open a bank account at some point in our lives. Learn the rights (and responsibilities) that come with having a bank account, practical tips to protect yourself, and how to work out problems.

Last reviewed April 2024
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Dial-a-Law: Scams & Identity Theft

People’s Law School

Explains the sophisticated scams which can target you, and gives you tips to help keep you secure. It includes information on the types of scams, identity theft, and what to do if you think you may be a victim of a scam or fraud. It also explains how to protect yourself, and how to take action.

Last reviewed April 2024