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General legal information and services

The British Columbia Law Institute cannot offer legal advice or make referrals. However, a number of resources are available for BC residents seeking legal advice or information.

  • 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.
  • If you wish to find a lawyer, please use the Lawyer directory provided by the Law Society of British Columbia. The Lawyer Referral Service program will connect you with a lawyer that practices in your area. Call 604-687-3221 | Mon – Fri, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Access Pro Bono’s Lawyer Referral Service helps British Columbians of any income to find a suitable lawyer to serve their legal needs. Any member of the public may call the Lawyer Referral Service to obtain the contact information of a lawyer who will meet for a free half-hour legal consultation.
  • The People’s Law School Dial-A-Law features “starting point” information on the law in British Columbia in over 130 topic areas. The information is available online, as audio recordings, and on the telephone at 1-800-565-5297 (604-687-4680 in the Lower Mainland).
  • The website Clicklaw is a free hub for legal information in British Columbia. Users can explore resources, read the answers to common questions, and connect with service providers across the province.

Additional Resources

Services for Seniors Across Canada

  • The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly provides legal services for eligible low-income seniors in the Greater Toronto Area. To make an appointment, call 416-598-2656. 
  • In Kingston the Queen’s University Elder Law Clinic is a non-profit student run program offering legal advice to older adults in Kingston who cannot afford a lawyer. To book an appointment, call 613-533-2950.