Legal

http://www.lss.bc.ca/ or 1.866.577.2525

This is the Legal Services Society- a non-profit & non-government organization that provides free legal services to those in financial difficulty.  Although they give priority to those with low incomes (legal aid), they have many services available for all people in BC including useful Family law guides and access to legal advice from Duty Counsels.  They also have several informative resources for Aboriginal People .

http://accessprobono.ca/ or 1.877.762.6664

This is the Access Pro Bono Society of BC website. The Society focuses on the legal advice program. It is a non-profit organization with all services offered free of charge. The appointment section allows you to find workshops in your area by topic. They also offer a Civil Chambers which provides legal services for low to modest income individuals involved in civil litigation before the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals of BC.

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/victims-of-crime/victimlinkbc or 1.800.563.0808

This service provides support, information and 24/7 referral service for victims of crime, and immediate assistance to victims of family and sexual violence. It offers services in many languages.

​http://www.lawsociety.bc.ca/page.cfm?cid=8&t=Find-a-Lawyer

​This website is run by the Law Society of BC. It gives you detailed information on how to find a lawyer and what to expect during your first meeting. It also explains what fees you may be charged and common billing practices. It has a Lawyer Lookup function, where you can search for a lawyer by last name.

http://www.cba.org/bc/Public_Media/main/lawyer_referral.aspx or 1.800.663.1919.

​The BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association offers the Lawyer Referral Service, or LRS program. It is a voluntary program, so not all lawyers are members. If you need a lawyer, phone the number listed, and they will provide you with the name and number of a lawyer in your area who works in the LRS and who will provide a 30 minute consultation for $25.00 (plus tax). The consultation is designed to determine if you have a legal problem, in which case, the LRS can refer you to the appropriate lawyer who will charge you their regular rate.