In addition to North Shore Pro Bono family mediation and estate planning clinics, there are other resources available in the community for free or low-cost legal help, including legal aid, other pro bono services, legal clinics and advocates.
Some options are as follows:
Battered Women’s Support Services: (Lower Mainland – Civil, Family) Provides education, advocacy and support services to battered women in aim to eliminating of violence and advancing equality for all women.
www.bwss.com Crisis and Intake Line: 604-687-1867
BC Centre for Elder Advocacy & Support: (Province-wide – Civil, Family, Wills) Provides legal information and advice for individuals over 55 years of age or experiencing elder abuse. Unable to assist hospitalized seniors.
www.bcceas.ca Phone: 604-437-1940 Toll-free: 1-866-437-1940
BC Civil Liberties Association: (Province-wide – Civil, Criminal, Human Rights) Preserves,
defends, maintains and extends civil liberties and human rights in BC through its advocacy in action, policy and community education programs.
www.bccla.org Phone: 604-687-2919 Toll-free: 1-866-731-7507
BC Coalition of People with Disabilities: (Province-wide – Civil, Disability, Family, Human Rights) Provides advocacy and support to persons with disabilities.
www.bccpd.bc.ca Phone: 604-872-1278 Toll-free: 1-800-683-1278
BC Human Rights Coalition: (Province-wide – Human Rights) Community based organization that promotes and strengthens human rights in BC via information, education, training, investigation, meditation and advocacy services.
www.bchrcoalition.org Phone: 604-689-8474 Toll-free: 1-877-689-8474
BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre: (Province-wide – Civil, Human Rights, Poverty) Non-profit law firm that advances the interests of groups generally underrepresented in issues of major public concern through test case litigation.
www.bcpiac.com Phone: 604-687-3063
Clicklaw: (Province-wide – All areas of law) Website features public legal information and education from over 24 contributor organizations; includes online HelpMap.
Community Legal Assistance Society: (Province-wide – Civil, Disability, Human Rights, Poverty) Provides legal representation to disadvantaged people throughout BC in areas of poverty, disability, workers’ compensation, EI, mental health, human rights and equality law.
www.clasbc.net Phone: 604-685-3425 Toll-free: 1-888-685-6222
Credit Counselling Society of BC: (Province-wide – Non-Legal) Provides free and confidential credit counselling services, debt consolidation, repayment and settlement programs, money management education, budgeting assistance, information and referral services.
Dial-A-Law (CBA-BC Branch): (Province-wide – All areas of law) Free 24-hour-a-day telephone service that provides access to a library of pre-recorded messages on general legal information.
http://www.cba.org/BC/Public_Media/dal/default.aspx Phone: 604-687-4680
Law Students’ Legal Advice Program: (Lower Mainland – Civil, Criminal, Immigration, Poverty) UBC Law students provide free legal advice and legal representation in specific matters at clinics throughout the Lower Mainland.
www.lslap.bc.ca Phone: 604-822-5791
First Nations Legal Clinic Toll-free: 1-888-684-7874
Lawyer Referral Service (CBA-BC Branch): (Province-wide – All areas of law) Enables the public to access lawyers practicing in particular areas of law by arranging consultations up to 30 minutes for a fee of $25 plus tax. Standard rates apply thereafter if client retains lawyer.
Phone: 604-687-3221 Toll-free: 1-800-663-1919
Legal Aid & Family LAWLINE (Legal Services Society of BC): (Province-wide – Criminal, Family, Immigration) Provides free government-funded legal services to low-income individuals in mandated areas where personal security at risk.
Call Centre: 604-408-2172 Toll-free: 1-866-577-2525
Mosaic: (Lower Mainland – Immigration) Multilingual non-profit organization dedicated to addressing issues that affect immigrants and refugees in the course of their settlement and integration into Canadian society.
PovNet: (Province-wide – Civil, Disability, Family, Poverty) Provides online tools for communication and access to legal information on poverty-related issues in BC; includes online map for locating local community advocates.
Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre: (Province-wide – Landlord/Tenant) Provides tenants with legal education and information about residential tenancy law through its tenant info line, multilingual publications, and workshops.
www.tenants.bc.ca Phone: 604-255-0546 Toll-free: 1-800-665-1185