Let’s be honest: lawyers can be expensive. It is this fact that often keeps many people, especially women, from hiring a lawyer and receiving due justice.
We want you to know that there are Alberta-specific resources available to you. These range from free to affordable, depending on your specific situation and needs.
Free & Affordable Legal Resources in Alberta
Legal Aid Alberta:
This is a non-profit organization that is publicly funded. Legal services provided include family law, adult criminal defense, youth criminal defense, immigration, domestic violence, and child welfare.
This organization does require your monthly income to be below a certain threshold, and the website offers clear and easy-to-understand information on whether you qualify.
Visit their website at https://www.legalaid.ab.ca/ to learn more.
Student Legal Services (SLS) Edmonton:
This organization is really amazing! It was launched in May of 1969 by 14 University of Alberta (UofA) students who wanted to provide legal help to lower-income individuals. Today, over 250 UofA Law students volunteer their time in Provincial Court every year. They assist directly with legal matters or help by providing legal information.
To learn more about SLS, visit their website at https://www.slsedmonton.com/.
Law Society of Alberta:
If you are trying to find a lawyer in Alberta, the Law Society of Alberta is an excellent resource. They will help you find a lawyer, who will then also provide up to 30 minutes of free legal advice via telephone.
To learn more about the Law Society of Alberta and what they do, visit them at https://www.lawsociety.ab.ca/.
Elizabeth Fry – Northern Alberta:
This organization is amazing, and we’re especially thankful for its incredible ILA project! ILA stands for “Independent Legal Advice” for Survivors of Sexual Violence. Lawyers, including our very own, Michelle here at McGuiness Law, volunteer their time, and each survivor is entitled to four hours of legal advice.
We love how big of an advocate this organization is for girls and women. They are incredible support and an amazing resource to individuals, especially women, who find themselves having to navigate the legal system.
To see what other projects they have and which services they provide, be sure to check out their website at https://www.efrynorthernalberta.com/.
Edmonton Community Legal Centre:
If you live in the Edmonton area and are low-to-moderate income, the Edmonton Community Legal Centre may be able to help. While they do not assist with criminal law problems, they do help with family, landlord/tenant disputes, employment, small claims, immigration, income support, and other areas.
If you do not live in the Edmonton area, check them out anyway – they have 7 legal clinics across Alberta.
Visit their website at https://www.eclc.ca/.
We hope that the above resources prove to be helpful to you! And no matter what, even if you are convinced that you cannot afford a lawyer, know that we are here for you. It is better to know than to assume, and we are here to answer your questions and provide you with a free, no-commitment consultation.
Give us a call toll-free at 1-833-585-4145, or connect with us via our website at https://mcguinesslaw.com/contact/.