Legal Help for British Columbians
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A guide for non-legal professionals in British Columbia to learn where to direct clients when legal problems occur. It can also be used directly by those seeking assistance with their legal problem.
Common Legal Problems
- Complaints about Police and Other Authorities
- Consumer and Debt
- Criminal Law
- Employment Law
- Family Law
- I have a family problem and I want to resolve it out of court · I just separated from the other parent of my children · My partner is abusing me and my kids · My ex is not paying child support · I am having challenges with my children and don't want the Ministry to remove them · The Ministry has taken my kids
- Welfare and Disability
- Wills and Estates
- A list of the best sources of legal information and help available for low-income British Columbians
Preparing for Your Interview
- A sample form to help you prepare for meetings with a lawyer or an advocate
About this Guide
This Guide is the first "Clicklaw wikibook", which features a free, accessible online resource (this wiki version of the Guide) that is also used to produce a printed book. Learn more about Clicklaw wikibooks.
Launch of the Guide as a Clicklaw Wikibook
This Guide was launched as an online resource in March 2012 as the first Clicklaw wikibook:
- Clicklaw blog posting "Clicklaw Wikibook – Legal Help for British Columbians, 3rd Edition"
- Legal Help Guide Announcement, a one sheeter describing the Guide
- "BC lawyers help launch public legal help guide in Clicklaw wikibook format", a Courthouse Libraries BC news release
Legal Help for British Columbians by Courthouse Libraries BC and Cliff Thorstenson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada License.
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A person licensed to practice law in a particular jurisdiction by that jurisdiction's law society. See "barrister and solicitor."
(1) A lawyer or a person other than a lawyer who helps clients with legal issues, or (2) to argue a position on behalf of someone.
In family law, a legal document in which a person gives up a right or a claim, or the entitlement to enforce a right or advance a claim; a waiver. Releases are usually signed following the settlement of a court proceeding or legal dispute. See "action" and "claim."