Find low cost or free legal advice, online resources, courthouse libraries and more.

Access Pro-bono Legal Clinics
Tel: 604-878-7400
Service provided by volunteer lawyers for people of limited financial means. Offered at a number of locations around Surrey. Call the phone number above to setup an appointment.

Askanadvocate.ca by SOURCES
Website provides basic and clear information about income assistance, disability benefits (provincial and federal), tenancy, and other income supports through videos, FAQs, fact sheets, and links to other services and resources. 

Business Law Clinic
Tel: 604-822-8209  
Provides segments of the business and non-profit community, who have limited means, with access to business planning legal services. Services provided by law students at the Allard School of Law at UBC and supervised by professors at the law school. Does not assist with dispute resolution, court work or debt-collection. Website has overview of services. 

British Columbia Ombudsperson
947 Fort St. Victoria BC
Tel: 1-800-567-3247   
May be able to help if you think a provincial government ministry, public agency, or local government has treated you unfairly. Receives enquiries and complaints about the practices and services of  public agencies within its jurisdiction and impartially investigates  to determine whether they have acted fairly and reasonably, and whether their actions and decisions were consistent with relevant legislation, policies and procedures.

Brydges Line - Legal Services Society
Tel: 1-866-458-5500.
24-hour access to a lawyer on criminal matters for people who have been arrested or denied bail or for people who are being investigated but have not been charged.

ClickLaw
Offers basic legal information on a wide range of subjects and is geared towards the general public.

ClickLaw Wikibooks
ClickLaw provides a series of online law books for the average person. Currently these cover family law, consumer law,  a general legal title and a book on what to do when a family member dies. All are available online with links to relevant forms, and some are also available in print at Surrey Libraries. The online versions are regularly updated.

Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)
Suite 300 - 1140 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6E 4G1
Tel: 604-685-3425  intakebchrc@clasbc.net 
Promotes public education about human rights issues, and advocates for individuals with human rights complaints. For legal representation, email intakebchrc@clasbc.net. Live phone help 9 am to 4:30 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Courthouse Libraries
14340 57th Ave Surrey
Tel: 604-572-2307 (Surrey) 1-800-665-2570 (Main)
The Surrey courthouse library is a small branch  library open to the public on Tuesdays (9:00-3:30pm). The library resources are mainly online, with a small print collection.  For reference assistance, please use our more comprehensive New Westminster courthouse library open Monday to Friday (8:30-12:00 and 12:30-4:00pm).

Dial-A-Law
Tel: 604-687-4680  Toll free in BC: 1-800-565-5297 
Library of scripts prepared by lawyers. It offers general information on a variety of topics on law in BC, but not legal advice. Dial-A-Law is a free service available by telephone and Internet at all times.

Justice Education Society
Good legal information on a variety of topics.  Also has online chat help.

Law Students Legal Advice Program & UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Manual
Chuck Bailey Rec Centre 13458 107A Ave.  Surrey, BC V3T 2X3
PICS  #205 12725 - 80th Ave. Surrey, BC V3W 3A6
Tel: 604-822-5791 Run by UBC law students. Free legal advice and representation for low income clients. Offers a range of services but cannot offer help with family law, probate or small business law and criminal cases that might result in jail time. Can meet at a number of local locations if needed. Also have an online legal information manual with an extensive referral section as well if you need more help finding resources or help.

Lawyer Referral Service
Tel: 604-687-3221   Toll free in BC: 1-800-663-1919
Available by phone from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. This program refers you to the right lawyer. Lawyers who participate in the program offer an initial consultation of up to 30 minutes at a small fee of $25 plus taxes. Offered by the Canadian Bar Association.

Legal Services Society of BC
Unit 102 10706 King George Blvd. Surrey BC V3T 2X3
Tel: 604-585-6595 
Legal aid available for serious criminal charges, young offenders, urgent family law problems and immigration matters. Some restrictions apply.

Mylawbc.com
This online legal information site provides guided pathways on a number of common issues including wills & estates, separation & divorce and missed mortgage payments.

Mediate BC
Tel: 604-684-1300  
Provides information about mediation as a dispute resolution process and alternative to court, which can be very costly. Can connect you with mediators for small claims court, family law and other situations.

People’s Law School
Good, straightforward legal information on a wide range of topics. Also offers local classes on a range of legal issues.

Public Guardian and Trustee of BC
Suite 700 808 W. Hastings St. Vancouver BC
Tel: 604-660-4444 
The mandate of the PGT is to protect the legal and financial interests of children under the age of 19, protect the legal, financial, personal and health care interests of adults who require assistance in decision making and administer the estates of deceased and missing persons.

Ready For My Refugee Hearing
Provides straightforward guides to the refugee hearing process. These online guides are available in a number of languages and are customized to different parts of Canada.

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