We provide legal services for those who have a low income
and live in our service area. We may ask for documents confirming
your address and your income when you come in to see us. Clinic
services are free to those who qualify.
If you are on social assistance, or Ontario Disability, or
Old Age Security or Canada Pension, or live in subsidized housing,
we can probably offer you services without any further screening.
If your family income fits within our service criteria, we
can offer you services. We may have to ask you about your family
size and sources of income on your first phone call or visit,
to determine your eligibility. A staff member will speak to
you to determine your eligibility.
What if I do not qualify for clinic services?
If you are not sure if you qualify financially for our services,
you may call us to clarify. If we cannot serve you, we may be
able to refer you to other sources of help.
What if I disagree with your decision not to serve
You can appeal to our Director of Legal Services, or to our board, and we have
a complaints procedure too. Go to "ABOUT US", using
the buttons on the left of this page.
How can I get a brief, free consultation with a lawyer?
Lawyer Referral Service is offered by the Law Society of Upper
Canada to help people find a lawyer
skilled in the correct area of law. They will provide you with the name of a lawyer who will provide a free consultation of up to 30 minutes to help you determine your rights and options. You can access the service on-line at www.findlegalhelp.ca or by calling:
1-800-268-8326 or 416-947-3330 (within the GTA)
Why do we limit services or serve only some people?
Our clinic is funded by Legal Aid Ontario. Services are limited
to those people we are permitted to serve, pursuant to the conditions
of our funding. In order to fulfill those conditions, we may
ask for confirmation that you qualify. If you do not qualify
or cease to qualify, we cannot represent you.
But I am willing to pay! I love your clinic!
Thanks, we are not permitted to accept paying clients. That
is what private lawyers do.
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