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If you need a lawyer but can’t afford one try:
Free legal aid services are available to eligible low-income applicants. Look for the number of the nearest legal aid office in the white pages of your local phone book under ‘Legal aid’ or call the Legal Services Society Call Centre at (604) 408-2172 (in the Lower Mainland) or 1-866-577-2525 (toll free, outside the Lower Mainland).
If you are denied legal aid, but you meet the financial criteria, you can ask for a ‘reconsideration’ or an ‘exception review’. Legal aid may provide you a lawyer if you can show that you are at risk of harm or loss of contact with your children or that you are unable to represent yourself because of a serious disability.
The Legal Referral Service will give you the name of a lawyer in your community who can provide you with a 30-minute consultation for $25.00, and further legal help as needed for a fee.
Lower Mainland: 604-687-3221
Elsewhere in British Columbia: 1-800-663-1919
Family Duty Counsel are lawyers who can assist you with family law problems for free if you qualify financially. If you do not have your own lawyer, duty counsel can give you advice and speak on your behalf in court on simple matters. You may be eligible for duty counsel even if you don’t qualify for legal aid. Duty counsel may still be able to help you even if you are not eligible financially.
For the location and hours of duty counsel offices, call your local legal aid office or your local court registry. To find your local court registry, look in the blue pages of your phone book under ‘Government of British Columbia — Court Services’.