Legal Services

Find organizations that provide legal help in BC. Most services are free or low cost.

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Legal advocacy & clinic

Migrant Workers Centre

Pro bono (free) legal advocacy services to caregivers and other migrant workers. They help with immigration, employment issues, labour exploitation, and trafficking and human rights. They cover issues such as recovering lost wages, illegal recruitment fees, employment contracts, EI, immigration status, work permits, and temporary resident visas.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP)

Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP)

Free legal advice and representation on issues such as criminal summary offences, civil resolution, small claims, residential tenancy, WorkSafeBC, consumer protection, EI, CPP and Old-Age Pension, wills and estates, and immigration and refugee issues. They may draft certain types of legal documents such as demand letters, wills, and more.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Okanagan Thompson Legal Clinic

Community Legal Clinic Operating Society of BC

Free legal advice and representation to low-income people in the Kamloops and Kelowna area. They help with income assistance, limited family law, disability, tenancy, employment insurance, employment standards, Indigenous legal issues, human rights, small claims, CRT matters, judicial reviews, and other areas not covered by legal aid.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Help with preparing for a virtual appearance

Amici Curiae (AC) Friends of Court

AC helps British Columbians prepare for their virtual appearance. Use the online form on their website to make an appointment. The coaching provided includes how to behave during the court session, what to do when emotionally challenged, and other helpful tips. Email legalformsbc@gmail.com.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Help with legal forms

Amici Curiae (AC) Friends of Court

Get help with completing legal forms and court forms in civil and family matters at the Provincial Court of BC, Supreme Court of BC, BC Court of Appeal, federal court, and tribunals. They help with forms for legal issues such as Indigenous rights, animal law, foreclosure, mental health, income assistance, parole, small claims, and immigration.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Registered Roster Mediator

Mediate BC

A directory of civil, family, child protection, and med-arb (mediation-arbitration) mediators across BC. Mediators offer service in various languages and set their own fees, as listed in their profiles. They are impartial and won’t make decisions for you. They maintain a safe, confidential, communicative process to help you reach an agreement.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Everyone Legal Clinic (lower-cost representation services)

Access Pro Bono

Connect with an articling clinician for a family, tenancy and strata, employment, wills and estates, civil, corporate, consumer, or criminal law issue. Schedule a free initial phone or video meeting with a clinician (up to 30 minutes). They work under the supervision of practising lawyers and provide legal services on a lower-cost, fixed-fee basis.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Lawyer Referral Service

Access Pro Bono

This service helps you find a suitable lawyer. Anyone can call to get contact information of a lawyer who will meet for a free 15-minute appointment. You can retain the lawyer at a rate you both agree to, but there’s no obligation for either of you to continue after the free consultation.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Find-a-Lawyer

The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC)

Online legal directory where you can find legal services in your community by searching for the location, area of practice, and language spoken to find all lawyers that meet those criteria. You can also find a specific lawyer or law firm if you know the name.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Find a Notary

BC Notaries

Find a notary by searching by name, location, or language. Notaries provide a broad range of legal services, including affidavits for all documents you need at a Public Registry, authorization of minor child travel, certified true copies of documents, powers of attorney, and will preparation.

Last reviewed July 2024