A legal consultation is like a good night’s sleep. You may not know if or when you’ll have one, but there’s no doubt having one will help you face what lies ahead. However, many people worry they can’t afford the cost of consulting a lawyer about a legal problem. There are low-cost legal resources available, but if you don’t know how to find them it could lead to even bigger legal problems.
Starting on September 4, 2019, Access Pro Bono will begin its 12th annual series of free outdoor legal advice clinics for low-income British Columbians. Under the banner of ‘Pro Bono Going Public’, 130 volunteer lawyers will provide free legal advice in public squares in Vancouver, Surrey and Kelowna while calling attention to BC's access to justice crisis.
Lower mainland lawyers are offering free mediation services to some families with family law disputes at the Richmond and Robson Square courthouses. If you do not reach an agreement at a Family Case Conference and you meet certain criteria, the judge may refer you to this free service.
Updated December 1, 2018
When couples separate, they have options for creating a separation agreement – they can use a lawyer to negotiate or engage in private mediation, and now they can use an online resource, the MyLawBC Dialogue Tool, to prepare a draft for review by lawyers.