Referrals - Private Bar
Law Society Referral Service / Paralegals
The Law Society Referral Service is
provided by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). This service is
designed to provide callers with the name of a lawyer or licenced
paralegal who will provide up to 30 minutes of consultation at no
charge to help you determine your rights and options. The service is not designed to
provide legal advice or second opinions, and any fees
should be discussed with the lawyer or paralegal.
As of March 2015, this service is now
available online. However, if you are in crisis, or
are low-income and do not have access to the internet, you may call
For more detailed information about the service,
Law Society's website.
To get your referral, complete an
request form. However, if you are in
crisis (such as being in custody), you can call 1-855-947-5255 (toll free) .
If you cannot wait 3 days for a callback, email them at
Read the LSUC pamphlet,
Lawyers and Paralegals: Helping You With Your Legal Needs."
This pamphlet explains the difference between lawyers and paralegals
and will help you choose which one you need for your type
of case. It also outlines how and where to complain about
services provided by lawyers or paralegals.
Society's website page on paralegals for more information on
Your Legal Rights website for more
information on how to find a lawyer when you can't afford one.
Law Help Ontario (from
Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO))
Law Help Ontario
provides legal advice about lawsuits and disputes and appeals in Small
Claims Court, Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court and the Court of
Appeal for Ontario via telephone to callers who live more than 40 km from a
walk-in centre. They do not assist by phone for family or criminal law
cases. They also can no longer assist with complicated personal injury
claims, medical malpractice claims, litigation related to child protection,
and estates litigation. See their website for details. Call
1-855-255-7256, ext 231 to apply.
PBLO's Will Assistance Service - Volunteer lawyers will help
prepare a simple will in their Toronto or Ottawa clinic locations.
Legal Help for Non-Profits - help with incorporating or applying
for charitable status, etc.
Hastings County Law Association (See also
Hastings County Law Association (HCLA) is the local association
for lawyers. It is one of 48 in the province, dedicated to
ensuring that small-town lawyers have a voice at the provincial
level. It is a volunteer association with no set hours.
Each lawyer pays a fee to be a member. The fee entitles the
lawyer to have access to the Law Library and all other Association
If you have any questions about the local legal commmunity, HCLA
is also available to help you find the answer.
is a not-for-profice service promoting increased access to justice
for low-and moderate-income Canadians. Professionals in the
program offer their skills at a reduced fee to clients of limited
means. See their website for details, eligibility rules and to
search for lawyers serving your area.