The Canadian Centre for Elder Law and its parent organization, the British Columbia Law Institute, are charitable non-profit organizations dedicated to pursuing modernization and critical review of law policy and legislation. The CCEL / BCLI in no way provides legal advice, nor should any information found on its website or in its publications be relied on as legal advice. The CCEL / BCLI do not seek private clients and while the organizations may provide speakers for workshops, information sessions and other educational purposes, none of the information provided is legal advice nor may it be relied upon for those purposes.

If you wish to find a lawyer please use the Lawyer Lookup directory provided by the Law Society of British Columbia. If you wish to make a complaint about a lawyer or have questions about the legal profession, please contact the Law Society of British Columbia.

Looking for legal advice or legal information?

  • Contact the Law Society to locate a particular lawyer at (604) 669-2533.
  • For referral to a lawyer in your area to help you with your current legal need, call the Lawyer Referral Service at (604) 687-3221 and at http://www.cba.org/BC/Initiatives/main/lawyer_referral.aspx. The Lawyer Referral Service operates by telephone service. Please call during business hours, 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday at 604.687.3221 or 1.800.663.1919. Operators are available to take your call. Once the area of law is determined the operator will provide you with the name and telephone number of a lawyer in your geographical area. You contact the lawyer to set up an appointment to meet. You are entitled to up to a half hour consultation for $25 (plus taxes). This consultation is to determine whether or not you have a legal problem. If you know you have a legal problem and need to hire a lawyer, the Lawyer Referral Service can help you find a lawyer at their regular rate. Out-of-province and country requests can be emailed.
  • For legal advice, legal information, help with legal documents and procedures, and referral to other resources contact the Law Line at (604) 408-2172 or toll free at 1-866-577-2525.
  • For information specifically about legal issues affecting seniors, contact BC Center for Elder Advocacy legal information line at (604) 437-1940 or toll free at 1-866-437-1940.
  • BC Dial-a-Law is a series of taped recordings about legal information topics including how to get a lawyer when you can’t pay for one. The tapes are prepared by the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch). To contact Dial-a-Law phone (604) 687-4680 or toll free at 1-800-565-5297. You can also read transcripts of tapes on their website at http://www.cba.org/BC/Public_Media/dal/default.aspx .
  • LSLAP is a non-profit society run by law students at the University of British Columbia which offers free legal advice and legal representation at clinics located throughout the Greater Vancouver Regional District. This web site contains information about LSLAP, their services, and how you can reach them. They also offer a broad selection of links to advocacy organizations, legal resources, and government departments, agencies, tribunals, boards and commissions. (604) 822-5791.

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