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If you have a low income and a family law problem, you may be entitled to free legal advice over the phone from a family law lawyer. Family LawLINE`s lawyers give short “Next Step” advice on family law issues. Call Legal Aid BC at 604-408-2172 in Metro Vancouver or toll-free at 1-866-577-2525 elsewhere in British Columbia. MOSAIC provides legal advice and representation to low-income immigrants and refugees. They help newcomers navigate the Canadian legal system. Call 604-254-9626 in Vancouver or visit mosaicbc.org. We provide legal aid in British Columbia. The law is complicated, but not everyone can afford a lawyer. We can help you with your legal problem.

There is a wealth of free legal information available online. Here are some of the best sources for British Columbians. Courthouse Libraries BC also offers Clicklaw Wikibooks, plain language legal publications that are Born Wiki and can also be printed. See wiki.clicklaw.bc.ca. Access to Justice Centres in Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, Nanaimo and Abbotsford offer help with family and everyday problems such as work, housing or debt problems. Access to justice centres offer free mediation services and limited legal advice. Many of these services are accessible to all. Some services (such as family counselling lawyers) are available to low-income individuals. For more information, call Service BC toll-free at 1-800-663-7867 or visit the Government of British Columbia website. For some family law disputes, you will need to seek advice from a lawyer.

A lawyer can explain the law and tell you what options you have based on your situation. Free or low-cost legal assistance options include legal aid, pro bono services, legal clinics, and lawyers. Also, find out about the best sources of legal information to solve legal problems. If you have a low income and are facing certain types of criminal, family or immigration issues, you may be able to get a lawyer for free from legal aid. Contact Legal Aid (British Columbia) by visiting legalaid.bc.ca or by calling 604-408-2172 in the Greater Vancouver Area or toll-free at 1-866-577-2525 elsewhere in British Columbia. Their website lists legal aid locations across the province. Instead of hiring a lawyer to handle all your legal affairs, you can hire a lawyer to handle certain parts. In this way, these tasks “unbundle” parts that you can do yourself. With unbundled legal services, you get help where you need it most, at a price you can manage. You only pay for the tasks that the lawyer is working on. If you are not eligible for legal representation, you may still be eligible for other legal aid services.

This includes public defenders and lawyers who advise by telephone. “Pro bono” means “for the common good”. With pro bono legal services, lawyers voluntarily provide free legal advice and assistance to those who cannot afford a lawyer or receive legal assistance. Through Access Pro Bono, pro bono lawyers provide summary legal advice across a network of legal clinics across British Columbia. Other Access Pro Bono programs offer representation services in limited situations. Call 604-878-7400 in the Greater Vancouver Area or 1-877-762-6664 toll-free from elsewhere in the province, or visit their website at accessprobono.ca. If you are arrested or detained and are in police custody, you can call the Brydges Line to speak to a lawyer. This is a free 24-hour hotline for legal advice. Call toll-free 1-866-458-5500. In communities across the province, lawyers provide free support and advocacy to low-income and marginalized people with legal issues. Lawyers help with legal issues such as rent or work issues, domestic violence, access to government benefits, and immigration issues. Advocates usually work from non-profit institutions such as non-profit centres, churches or women`s centres.

Lawyers are trained to help people enforce their rights, including with the paperwork involved. PovNet has a Find an Advocate card in povnet.org. Clicklaw`s help map on clicklaw.bc.ca/helpmap lists dozens of defenders in British Columbia. Dozens of agencies provide legal assistance in specific areas to people who are disadvantaged or have limited resources. The Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) provides legal advice and support to people who are disadvantaged or whose human rights need to be protected. Visit clasbc.net or call 604-685-3425 in Vancouver or toll-free at 1-888-685-6222. Ask a lawyer to handle your case and represent you in court. More than 25,000 people receive a legal aid lawyer each year. People`s Law School is a non-profit corporation committed to making the law accessible to all. Their website in peopleslawschool.ca offers free education and information to help people deal with the legal problems of everyday life. Topics presented include consumer and debt issues, workplace issues, wills and estates.