Access Pro Bono BC
If you do not qualify for legal aid, you may still qualify for free legal advice and assistance from a legal advice pro bono program. (Pro bono means the service is free.) There are several programs that may be able to assist you listed on the website.
Telephone: (604) 878-7400 or 1-877-762-6664
Family Advice Lawyers
This service provides up to three hours of legal advice at no charge for low-income people going through separation or divorce in Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, Surrey, Vancouver, and Victoria. A family justice counsellor or child support officer makes referrals to the program.
Family Duty Counsel
This service provides free legal help to lower income people with family problems. People with a family issue may qualify for help from family duty counsel in Provincial and Supreme Court even if they do not qualify for a legal aid lawyer. Duty counsel also help in the area of criminal and immigration law as well. Duty counsel are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis in Vancouver, Surrey and Port Coquitlam.
Lawyer Referral Service
This service provides names of lawyers who will have an initial meeting with you for a half-hour for $25. After that the lawyer’s regular fees apply.
Lower Mainland: (604) 687-3221
Elsewhere in BC: 1-800-663-1919 (call no charge)
The Legal Services Society (LSS) provides legal aid to people who have serious legal problems and cannot afford to pay a lawyer.
Lower Mainland: (604) 408-2172
Elsewhere in BC: 1-866-577-2525 (call no charge)