External Legal Resources
Below you will find a list of legal resources that are external to Western Law but may prove to be beneficial in your particular case:
Pro Bono Ontario’s Legal Advice Hotline
Committed to helping Ontarians with their everyday civil legal needs. Call the Legal Advice Hotline for up to 30 minutes of free legal advice and assistance. Please note that they do not assist with criminal or family law matters.
Legal Aid Ontario
Provides a variety of legal services for low-income Ontarians in the following areas:
- Criminal legal issues
- Family legal issues
- Refugee and immigration legal issues
- Mental health issues
- Various legal clinics (find a full list on their website)
Law Society Referral Service
This online referral service is available to residents of Ontario.
Non-residents are not eligible for a referral but are welcome to use the Law Society Lawyer and Paralegal Directory. The use of this directory, however, does not guarantee a free consultation. Legal feels need to be discussed directly with the lawyer or paralegal.
Eviction Help: The Tenant-Lawyer Connection Portal
The Tenant-Lawyer Connection Portal is a virtual space for residential tenants to connect with lawyers who are offering their services free of charge to those who are:
- facing eviction for non-payment of rent, and
- who have a hearing scheduled before the Landlord Tenant Board within the next ten days
Justice for Children and Youth
Assists individuals under the age of 18, or those who are homeless and under the age of 25, with finding a lawyer. They also address questions related to your legal rights.
Office of the Children's Lawyer
Assists individuals under the age of 18 who have questions about custody and access, child protection, civil litigation, or estates and trusts matters.
Steps to Justice
Gives reliable and practical information on common legal problems for Ontarians. They will provide step-by-step information to help you work through your legal problems; give you tools such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides; and offer referral information for legal and social services. Live chat and email support is also available to assist with answering your questions.
Family Court and Beyond
If you are a woman in or thinking about leaving an abusive relationship, or if you have already left one and you want to know more about family law and court, this website is for you.Even if you have already started to deal with your family law issues, you will find this website helpful.
The family law information on this site is specific to Ontario. These laws will be different from province to province and outside Canada. However, there will be other information on this site that will be useful to you even if you don’t live in Ontario.
Ministry of the Attorney General
Is committed to equal access to justice for all Ontarians. Justice Ontario is your one-stop source for questions about Ontario's legal system, including:
- Finding a lawyer
- Tickets and fines
- Lawsuits and disputes
- Family and criminal law
- Human rights
- Wills and estates
Legal information is available in over 170 different languages and can be made available in alternative formats for persons with disabilities.
This community services directory provides links to criminal justice and legal services for the general public.
Neighbourhood Legal Services
Is a non-profit community legal clinic funded by the government of Ontario. They provide traditional poverty law services to low-income residents of London and Middlesex County. This includes giving legal advice and referrals and sometimes providing legal representation. They are also involved in public legal education, community development and law reform.
Red Seal Notary
Canada's national company for the provision of Notary and Apostille (Authentication and Legalization) services. Services are easily accessible through Red Seal Notary's network of notary offices across Canada, an interactive website, online appointment forms, toll-free customer service line, and several walk-in locations.
Informational Handbooks for Self-Represented litigants
Published by the Canadian Judicial Council. The goal of the handbooks is to help those who are not represented by legal counsel to better prepare for court proceedings.
Legal Line | FREE Legal Information
Legal Line provides easy-to-understand legal answers written in plain language. Legal Line is a Federal not-for-profit organization providing access to Canadian laws since 1993. Organized under 47 areas of law, their answers allow people to easily zero-in on the specific answers they need. Those who need further help are referred to experts — lawyers, paralegals, government offices, and other professionals.