Free Legal Advice in Ontario

Legal Advice in Ontario

DTSW AI Answer Bot

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Sample 1: If we have 50/50 parenting time, do we have to pay child support?

Sample 2: If I own my RRSPs before marriage do I have to share the investment?

DTSW AI Answer Bot

Ask the DTSW AI Answer Bot a question:

Sample 1: If we have 50/50 parenting time, do we have to pay child support?

Sample 2: If I own my RRSPs before marriage do I have to share the investment?

  • Pro Bono Ontario – Pro Bono Ontario is a non-profit organization that connects volunteer lawyers with individuals who need legal advice but cannot afford to hire a lawyer. They offer free legal advice clinics and legal information services.

    Link to Pro Bono Ontario Website

  • Law Society Referral Service – The Law Society of Ontario’s referral service can help you find a lawyer who can provide up to 30 minutes of free legal advice on your issue. The referral service is available to anyone in Ontario.

    Link to Law Society Referral Service Website

  • Community Legal Clinics – Community legal clinics are non-profit organizations that offer free legal advice and representation to low-income individuals in their local community. There are over 70 community legal clinics in Ontario that specialize in different areas of law.

    List of Community Legal Clinics

  • JusticeNet – JusticeNet is a non-profit organization that connects low- and middle-income individuals with affordable legal services. They offer a directory of lawyers who provide legal services at reduced rates based on income.

    Link to JusticeNet Website

  • The Ontario Legal Information Centre (OLIC) is a resource for free legal information in Ontario that provides free legal information and referral services to the public. The center aims to help individuals better understand their legal issues and navigate the justice system. Although the OLIC is not a law firm and cannot provide legal advice or representation, it serves as an invaluable resource for those seeking guidance on legal matters in Ontario.

    The OLIC’s services typically include:

    1. General legal information: The center provides step by step information on various areas of law, such as family law, criminal law, employment law, immigration law, and landlord-tenant disputes.
    2. Referral services: If an individual requires further assistance beyond general legal information, the OLIC can refer them to other legal service providers, including legal clinics, private lawyers, and community organizations.
    3. Educational resources: The OLIC offers access to legal resources, including pamphlets, brochures, and online tools, to help individuals gain a better understanding of their legal rights and responsibilities.

    Please note that while the OLIC provides valuable legal information and resources, it does not replace the need for professional legal advice or representation in court.

  • Overall, there are several places where you can find free legal advice in Ontario. Whether you’re dealing with a family law issue, criminal law matter, or immigration issue, these resources can help you get the legal advice and support you need without breaking the bank.

Rethinking “Lawyering Up”

  • Control the Process: Working with a mediator and CDFA, you and your spouse maintain control over the process, making decisions collaboratively instead of dictating them by attorneys or the court.

  • Financial Clarity: A CDFA brings financial expertise to your case, helping you understand financial decisions’ short- and long-term implications.

  • Comprehensive Disclosure: These professionals guide you in gathering necessary disclosure documents, ensuring no financial stones are left unturned before consulting a lawyer.

  • Focused Negotiations: Mediators help parties stay focused on their real intentions and the main issues, preventing distractions from the path of resolution.

  • Cost-Effective: Mediation and financial analysis can often be more cost-effective than immediately “lawyering up” while offering comprehensive guidance.

  • Reduced Animosity: Opting for mediation first may reduce the antagonism between parties. The traditional “lawyering up” approach can create an adversarial atmosphere that fuels hostility.

  • Holistic Approach: Mediators and CDFAs consider monetary and non-monetary aspects, such as children’s welfare, providing a more holistic view of your situation.

  • Informed Legal Decisions: A solid understanding of your finances and intentions empowers you to make more informed decisions when seeking legal advice.

  • Protection of Rights: The modern family law system ensures your rights are protected – consulting a mediator or CDFA first doesn’t negate this protection.

  • Better for Children: Focusing on finances and children first helps create a more stable environment during this transition, which is often better for children.

Remember, the goal is to make your divorce or separation as smooth as possible for all involved. Therefore, starting with a mediator and CDFA might not be the traditional route. Still, it could be right for you, providing clarity, control, and a comprehensive view of your situation before you step into a lawyer’s office. As always, every situation is unique, so consider your options carefully and seek the best approach for your family.

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About the Author:
Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

I assist intelligent and successful couples in crafting rapid, custom separation agreements that pave the way for a smooth transition towards a secure future. This efficient process is achieved in about four meetings, effectively sidestepping the excessive conflicts, confusion, and costs commonly linked to legal proceedings. Clients have the flexibility to collaborate with me either via video conference or in-person through a DTSW associate at any of our six Greater Toronto mediation centers, located in Aurora, Barrie, North York, Vaughan, Mississauga, and Scarborough.

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