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

Site: Halton

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Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) This listing 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 listings in this directory 
 
LEGISLATION: 
City of Burlington By-Laws, see here 
 
Ontario law: see Government of Ontario e-Laws here  
* laws viewed on, downloaded or printed from e-Laws are official copies of the law 
 
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 SERVICES: 
* when looking at legal information online, it's of primary importance to ensure it applies to the law in Ontario 
 
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)  
* public legal education and information organization (see full listing here
* provides information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system, including income, disability, literacy, and language 
* partners with other legal organizations to provide Steps to Justice (step-by-step information about legal problems) and Your Legal Rights (a collection of legal information resources produced by hundreds of organizations across Ontario, including webinars) 
 
Family Law Information Centre 
* services are available in family courts across Ontario, including the Milton Courthouse (see full listing 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 
 
Legal Line (see full listing here):  
* online information on 46 areas of law  
* also provide referrals for legal advice and services 
 
Pro Bono Ontario (see full listing here
* connects persons with low income to volunteer lawyers 
* helps with civil court (no family law or criminal law), employment, housing, consumer issues, and creating Powers of Attorney 
 
Teen Legal Helpline (see full listing here):  
* confidential online advice for youth and young adults 13 years and older 
 
 
COMMUNITY LEGAL CLINICS: 
* may provide legal advice and representation to individual clients and other groups in areas of law that affect low income individuals and disadvantaged communities, self advocacy support, and referrals to legal and other services 
 
Halton Community Legal Services (see full listing here
* helps low income individuals living in Halton with their legal problems for free 
 
Legal Aid Ontario (see full listing here
* provides legal help in English and French for financially eligible low‑income Ontarians 
 
 
SPECIALTY LEGAL AID CLINICS:  
* some clinics also specialize in areas of law for low‑income clients who are marginalized for other reasons 
* usually do not charge, but there may be court filing or medical record fees 
 
Aboriginal Legal Services (see full listing here
* provides free legal assistance to low income Aboriginal people 
 
Ace Centre for the Elderly (see full listing here
* provides direct legal services in a wide variety of areas of law affecting seniors 
 
ARCH Disability Law Centre (see full listing here
* provides a range of legal services directly to persons with disabilities 
 
Black Legal Action Centre (see full listing here
* provides free legal services for low or no income Black residents 
 
Canadian Environmental Law Association (see full listing here
* provides free legal services on environmental issues 
 
Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples Community Legal Clinic (see full listing here
* serves members of the Spanish-speaking community 
 
Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (see full listing here
* provides free legal services to low income, non-English speaking clients from the Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian communities 
 
HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (see full listing here
* provides free legal services for people living with HIV/AIDS 
 
Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario (see full listing here
* provides free legal services to injured workers 
 
Justice for Children and Youth (see full listing here
* provides legal services for young people under 18 and homeless youth under 25  
 
Landlord's Self Help Centre (see full listing here
* provides support exclusively to Ontario’s small landlord community 
 
 
REDUCED-COST LEGAL SERVICES: 
JusticeNet (see full listing here
* not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees 
 
 
TO FIND A LAWYER OR PARALEGAL: 
Law Society of Upper Canada, Directory of Certified Specialists 
* search by specialty area for lawyers who provide specialist assistance in complex matters and to facilitate referrals 
 
Law Society of Upper Canada, Lawyer and Paralegal Directory 
* search by name, city, postal code, area of law, and language 
 
Law Society of Upper Canada, Referral Service (see full listing here)  
* online service that gives the name of a lawyer or licensed paralegal who will provide a free consultation of up to 30 minutes to help determine rights and options 
 
 
TO COMPLAIN ABOUT A LAWYER OR PARALEGAL: 
Law Society of Upper Canada Lawyer Complaints Services (see here
 
 
CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGEMENT ASSISTANCE: 
Pardons Canada (see full listing here
* non-profit organization assisting individuals in obtaining pardons, record suspensions and US entry waivers 
 
 
POWERS OF ATTORNEY: 
A legal document which gives someone the right to make decisions for a person if something happens and they are no longer able to look after matters on their own  
* there are two types: Power of Attorney for Personal Care (decisions about health care, housing and other aspects of personal life) and Power of Attorney for Property (decisions about financial affairs) 
* for more information see the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General website here 
* Power of Attorney kits available online or by calling ServiceOntario toll free at 1-800-267-8097 or the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee toll-free at 1-800-366-0335 
 
 
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 listing 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
Site Information
Located In Community Halton Region
Physical Access Not Applicable
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Government / Legal ; Topic Guides
HCSD Sub Heading All "How To" Guides ; Community Legal Services ; Legal Help ; Special Topics
Service Categories General Legal Aid ; Legal Counselling ; Private Law Practices

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