Navigating the legal system is often stressful, especially for people who cannot afford a lawyer.
On Saturday, April 22, Vancouver residents can get a free 15-minute consultation with a lawyer talk about a variety of issues.
The B.C. branch of the Canadian Bar Association is hosting Dial-A-Lawyer Day as part of B.C. Law Week. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 22 you can phone 1-800-663-1919 or 604-687-3221 for your free consultation.
On April 19 and 20, people can also take part in free classes about various legal topics including restorative justice, strata law, probating a will, employment law, and how to avoid being scammed. Locations are throughout the Lower Mainland.
If you’re interested in learning more about the legal system there is a free tour of the Vancouver Court House at 800 Hornby Street on Wednesday. April 19. It includes watching a courtroom in action and a presentation from a sheriff or lawyer and a Supreme Court judge. The tour is from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Enter the courthouse by the Smithe Street doors and follow the signs to room 260. You can pre-register here.
Dial-A-Lawyer has also recorded scripts on a variety of topics you can listen to on your computer. Subjects include family law, small claims court, wills and estates, housing, criminal law and credit, debt and consumer law. You can find those free resources here.
Go to www.bclawweek.org for more information.