Did you know that a 2009 Department of Justice report found that over 85 percent of people surveyed did not seek help when facing a legal problem? Don’t let this happen to you.
The Law Society of Upper Canada offers three, free resources on its website at www.lsuc.on.ca, to help you explore your legal options. Here’s an outline of the services available:
1. The Law Society Referral Service. Use this online service available at www.findlegalhelp.ca to obtain a free, up to 30-minute consultation with a lawyer or paralegal. You can ask for a referral to a lawyer or paralegal who speaks your language, or a lawyer who accepts legal aid certificates. For people unable to access the online service, such as those in a shelter or residing in a remote community without internet access, a crisis line is available during regular business hours at 1-855-947-5255 or 416-947-5255.
2. Lawyer and Paralegal Directory. This online directory of licensed legal professionals enables you to search for a lawyer or paralegal by name, location or legal practice area.
3. The Handling Everyday Legal Problems Guide. This user-friendly quick reference guide provides brief descriptions and contact information for free legal information sources — and it outlines free and low-cost legal service providers. A version of the guide focuses on Indigenous legal services and is available in three First Nation languages — Cree, Oji-Cree and Northwestern Ojibway.