How to Find - Legal Help and Information, Power of Attorney and Wills

Site: Halton

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Located In Community Halton Region
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Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) This topic record gives an overview of how to find legal services, free information/consultation, free legal services for people with low income, information on wills and Powers of Attorney, and is also an index to related records in this database. 
 
LEGISLATION 
1. City of Burlington By-Laws, see here 
2. Ontario law: see Government of Ontario e-Laws here  
* laws viewed on, downloaded or printed from e-Laws are official copies of the law 
3. Federal law: see Government of Canada Justice Laws website here  
* consolidated Acts and regulations on the Justice Laws Website are official, and can be used for evidentiary purposes 
 
 
FREE LEGAL INFORMATION (available to anyone): 
Note: when looking at legal information online, it's of primary importance to ensure it applies to the law in Ontario 
 
1. Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)  
Education arm of Ontario's Legal Aid system (see full record here
* provides legal rights education and information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system, including income, disability, literacy, and language and legal resources and print publications 
* partners with other legal organizations to provide: Steps to Justice (question and answer modules on everyday legal problems experienced by people in Ontario) and YourLegalRights (legal information on a wide range of topics, in a variety of languages, produced by hundreds of organizations from across Ontario) 
 
2. Family Law Information Centre services are available in family courts across Ontario, including the Milton Courthouse (see full record here
* information about separation and divorce and related family law issues, family justice services, alternative forms of dispute resolution, local community resources and court processes 
 
3. Law Society of Upper Canada, Referral Service (see full record here)  
* provides the name of a lawyer or paralegal in your area, who will give a free consultation of up to 30 minutes to help you determine your rights and options. 
 
4. Legal Line (see full record here):  
* free online and recorded information on a wide range of topics  
* can also provide referrals for those wishing to hire legal advice and services 
 
 
FREE LEGAL INFORMATION (for teens): 
1. Teen Legal Helpline (see full record here):  
* free, confidential online advice for youth and young adults 13 years and older 
 
 
FREE LEGAL SERVICES (for people with low income and/or other determinants):  
1. Aboriginal Legal Services (see full record here provides free legal services in the areas of: 
* landlord and tenant law 
* Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP) 
* Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) 
* human rights 
* police complaints 
* criminal injuries compensation 
* poverty law 
* Indian Act 
 
2. Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples Community Legal Clinic (see full record here) provides free legal services in the areas of: 
* immigration and refugee law 
* social assistance (OW and ODSP) 
* landlord/tenant law 
* human rights and employment law 
* Employment Insurance (EI) 
* Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) 
 
3. Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (see full record here) provides free legal services to persons who speak Chinese (Cantonese) * Chinese (Mandarin) * Vietnamese (interpreters available for Khmer, Lao when arranged in advance), and cannot communicate in English, related to: 
* immigration 
* tenant issues 
* social assistance 
* employment rights 
* human rights 
* poverty law 
 
4. Halton Community Legal Services (see full record here) provides free legal services related to:  
* Ontario Works  
* human rights  
* tenants' rights  
* disability benefits  
* government pensions  
* employment insurance  
* employment standards 
 
5. HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (see full record here) provides free legal services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario 
* services include summary legal advice, brief legal services, referrals and legal representation 
* areas of legal practice include: government income maintenance/income security programs, tenant/housing matters, immigration and refugee law, human rights, employment standards, privacy law, health law, substitute decision-making and powers of attorney (advice), and HIV-related prison matters 
 
6. Legal Aid Ontario (see full record here) provides free legal services related to:  
* criminal law  
* family law  
* immigration and refugee law 
 
 
REDUCED-COST LEGAL SERVICES: 
1. JusticeNet (see full record here
Not-for-profit service for those with income too high for Legal Aid but too low to afford standard legal fees  
* serves those with net family income under $59,000, and experiencing financial difficulties  
* lawyers, paralegals and mediators found on the site devote a portion of their practice to qualifying clients at reduced fees, on a sliding scale according to income and number of dependents  
 
 
TO FIND A LAWYER OR PARALEGAL 
1. To search by name: Lawyer and Paralegal Directory (here
2. To search by specialization: Directory of Certified Specialists (here
3. For referral to a lawyer (also provide up to 30 minutes free consultation, but not advice or services): Law Society of Upper Canada, Referral Service (see separate record here)  
 
 
TO COMPLAIN ABOUT A LAWYER OR PARALEGAL: 
* Law Society of Upper Canada Lawyer Complaints Services (see here
 
 
REMOVING A PAST RECORD: 
* Pardons Canada (see full record here
* nonprofit organization that specializes in assisting with pardons (record suspensions), purges, file destruction and USA entry waivers  
 
 
POWERS OF ATTORNEY: 
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General  
* Information is available from its website here 
* Power of Attorney kits available free by calling 1-800-366-0335, or downloading here  
 
 
WILLS: 
There is no government-issued standard form for wills 
* Advocacy Centre for the Elderly website has Information about wills here  
* To find an an existing will, see record for Estates and Wills here
Hours Contact organization for information
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility Varies by program.
Application Varies by program.
Languages English
Fees Service - for some, varies by service
Categories and Classification
Service Categories General Legal Aid ; Legal Issues Education/Information ; Private Law Practices
Older Adult Main Categories LEGAL / GOVERNMENT
Older Adult Sub-Categories Advance Care Plans/Power of Attorney ; General Information

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