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LEGAL AID: ARE YOU ELIGIBLE? ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
Need Legal Help or Qualified Legal Advice? When you need a Lawyer or legal help anywhere in Canada for any reason, CanLaw will help you.
Apply As Soon As Possible:
If you think you need Legal Aid, apply as soon as possible. Normally it takes two or three weeks to process your application. Your lawyer cannot "officially" start working on your file until s/he has a Legal Aid certificate.
If approved, take your Legal Aid certificate to the lawyer of your choice. Most lawyers do not accept Legal Aid so you may have difficulty finding one, but you will sooner or later.
You may be able to get Legal Aid to pay for a lawyer if:
Income must be belowSize of Family1$20,0002345$30,500$35,000$42,000$48,000
- You have little or no money left after you pay for basic necessities, like food and housing, and your legal problem is one that Legal Aid covers
- People with no income or on social assistance almost always qualify financially for Legal Aid.
- Your legal situation is urgent and serious and you have little or no money left after you pay for the necessities like food and housing.
- People with no income of on social assistance usually qualify financially for Legal Aid.
- You may be able to get Legal Aid even if you have some money in the bank and/or a house.
- The Legal Aid office will look at your personal financial circumstances to decide if you qualify. Every situation is different. It all depends on your family responsibilities and your monthly expenses
- Legal aid staff will look at your personal financial circumstances to decide if you qualify. Every situation is different. It all depends on your family responsibilities and your monthly expenses.
How you you apply for Legal Aid?
Call and make an appointment if possible. Then go to your local Legal Aid office and speak to a staff person.
What do you need to bring with you?
This varies by province so check with your local legal aid office.
- Identification such as your social insurance card, driver's licenser. birth certificate or landed immigrant papers.
- Documents relating to your case, such as court orders. separation agreements
- Proof of income if you have any (3-4 recent pay stubs, welfare cheque stubs or employment Insurance statements)
- Proof of monthly expenses and bills (rent receipt, mortgage payment, hydro, gas, car payment receipts of cancelled cheques, credit card statements, car insurance bill)
- Deed for your house.