Legal Services

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

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Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL)

Seniors First BC

SAIL is a safe place for older adults to talk to someone about situations where they feel they’re being abused or mistreated. They provide information about elder abuse and the legal rights of older adults to friends, family members, and professionals who are concerned about an older adult.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Rise Women’s Legal Centre

Rise Women’s Legal Centre

Provides free or low-cost legal services to self-identified women. Services are provided by upper-year law students, who are supervised by staff lawyers. Rise offers a range of services, from information and summary advice to unbundled legal services, and in some instances representation in court. Make an appointment online, by phone, or by email.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Provincial Court family duty counsel

Legal Aid BC

Duty counsel are lawyers who can help people with low incomes with their family law problems. This includes child protection issues — when the Ministry of Children and Family Development becomes involved with your family. If you are financially eligible, duty counsel can give you advice and speak on your behalf in court on simple matters, but they...

Last reviewed March 2024
The logo features white stylized mountains and the initials NSPB in a blue circle. Next to this circle are the words "Northshore Probono."

Pro bono family mediation

North Shore Pro Bono

Pro bono (free) family mediation for low-income individuals with concerns in the areas of property division, support, and custody. The first step is to complete the initial intake mediation form on their website. The form can be filled out online, emailed, or printed out and mailed to the office.

Last reviewed March 2024
The logo features white stylized mountains and the initials NSPB in a blue circle. Next to this circle are the words "Northshore Probono."

Pro bono estate planning

North Shore Pro Bono

Free estate-planning help for low-income individuals who want to ensure that they have a valid will, and that all documents (including a power of attorney and a representation agreement) are in place to handle their financial and personal matters should they not be able to.

Last reviewed March 2024
The logo features the letters "BC" in a stylized, interlocking design within a square at the top. Below the square, the word "COLLABORATIVE" is written in large, bold capital letters. Underneath "COLLABORATIVE," the words "ROSTER SOCIETY" are written in smaller capital letters. The entire logo is orange.

Pro Bono Collaborative Family Law Project

BC Collaborative Roster Society

A voluntary, confidential program for parties going through separation and/or divorce who don’t have lawyers and can’t afford the collaborative team for their case. You must be willing to meet and negotiate using the principles of collaborative practice, and must meet the eligibility requirements.

Last reviewed March 2024
The logo features a stylized feather on the left, which is black with yellow, red, and white decorative elements. To the right of the feather, the text "PRINCE GEORGE" is written in bold, black capital letters. Below "PRINCE GEORGE," the words "URBAN ABORIGINAL JUSTICE SOCIETY" are written in smaller, black capital letters.

Prince George Community Legal Clinic

Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society

The clinic is staffed full-time by a supervising lawyer, a legal assistant, and a legal advocate. They provide free advocacy, legal advice, and representation (mainly to low-income individuals) on income assistance, disability, EI, CPP, OAS, survivor pensions, benefits, debt, residential tenancy, human rights, Indigenous legal issues, and more.

Last reviewed March 2024
The logo features the letters “LCSS” in white on a black background, above and below which are four coloured squares. The squares are blue, green, orange, and purple. To the right are the words “Langley Community Services Society” in black.

Poverty Law Program

Langley Community Services Society

The program provides information, referrals, support, and one-on-one advocacy on income assistance, tenancy, and federal benefits. The advocate explains legal rights, options for legal problem solving and, where appropriate, assists with dispute resolution and/or representation at hearings.

Last reviewed March 2024
The logo consists of three vertical rectangles. The first rectangle is purple with the letter "C" in white, the second rectangle is blue with the letter "D" in white, and the third rectangle is green with the letter "C" in white. Above the purple rectangle, the word "KITIMAT" is written in purple capital letters.

Poverty Law Program

Kitimat Community Development Centre

The program provides information or referral services, legal advice or summary, and full representation in some cases. The issues covered include housing, income assistance, disability assistance, benefits, tenancy disputes, CPP, debt, and other income support programs. You can also find help for human rights violations and labour law issues.

Last reviewed March 2024
The logo features the lower-case word “taps” in a teal colour. Inside the “a” is a clenched fist. The words “TOGETHER AGAINST POVERTY SOCIETY” are on the right, in the same teal colour.

Poverty Law Clinic

Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)

Provides rights-based information and advocacy services for income assistance, provincial disability benefits, and residential tenancy issues. The clinic also offers free, year-round income tax filling services.

Last reviewed March 2024