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Personal Property Liens and Searches

Government of British Columbia

Explains how liens are registered legal claims on personal property, and personal property is collateral that includes tangible and intangible items (including 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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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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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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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
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Paying Income Tax

People’s Law School

Helps you understand your tax return and how income taxes work, including who has to pay and what income is not taxable. It explains the deadline for filing, and explains what tax information you need. It links to a tool to estimate your income tax obligation. It also provides information on what you can do if you disagree with your assessment.

Last reviewed April 2024
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If You Invest and Something Goes Wrong

People’s Law School

Explains your rights and steps you can take if you invest and things go sideways. Topics include what problems can arise when you invest, hiring an investment advisor, and the differences between investing in a public or a private company.

Last reviewed April 2024
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First Steps to Take in Dealing with Debt

People’s Law School

Explains that it’s important to deal with some debts before others. It explains “priority debts” (which should be paid as soon as possible), secured debts, and limitation periods, and explains where you can get help if your debt problem is urgent. It describes the steps you can take to deal with your debt. It also answers some common questions.

Last reviewed April 2024
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A Creditor Wants to Take Money from Your Wages or Bank Account

People’s Law School

Explains how your creditor can take some of your wages or money from your bank account, the laws to protect you, and what benefits are protected from garnishment. It explains how to apply to set aside a garnishing order, how to file and serve the application, and what could happen at a court hearing.

Last reviewed April 2024