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 comprehensive and accurate legal information for residents of Ontario. 
* legal resources, online and print publications 
* partners with other legal organizations to provide 2 legal information portals:  
Steps to Justice (helps the public deal with common legal problems related to abuse and family violence, consumer law, criminal law, employment and work, family law, housing law, human rights, Social Assistance). 
YourLegalRights (wide range of topics, with answers to common questions, resources and public education webinars aimed at community workers and advocates working with low-income and disadvantaged communities in Ontario) 
 
2. 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. 
 
3. 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 
 
4. Family Law Information Centres are located at most Ontario Court of Justice locations, including the Family Court in Milton  
* for details see full record here 
 
 
FREE LEGAL SERVICES (for people with low income only):  
1. Legal Aid Ontario (see full record here) provides free legal services related to:  
* criminal law  
* family law  
* immigration and refugee law 
 
2. Halton Community Legal Services (see full record here) provides free legal services related to:  
* housing law and tenants' rights  
* Ontario Works  
* disability benefits  
* government pensions  
* Employment Insurance  
* employment standards  
* human rights 
 
 
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: 
1. There is no government-issued standard form for wills, but some books or kits available at libraries, bookstores and stationery stores have advice and forms: 
2. Advocacy Centre for the Elderly website has Information about wills here  
3. 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 ; Private Law Practices

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