Types of Services
We provide lawyers to represent you before government boards and tribunals in the areas of law practiced by The Legal Clinic if you are a low-income resident of Lanark County and the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville as well as the Townships of North and Central Frontenac in Frontenac County and the Township of Addington Highlands in the County of Lennox & Addington.
Low income means that your main source of family income is one of the following:
- Ontario Works (OW)
- Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
- Old Age Security Pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement (OAS/GIS)
- War Veterans' Allowance
- Canada Pension Plan (if applying for CPP and CPP is the primary source of family income)
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits which are temporary or threatened
If you do not qualify financially because your source of income is not one of those listed above, then financial eligibility will be based on your family size and family income as well as the assets that you own. Discretionary factors are also considered such as debt load, availability of alternate services, importance of legal issues to low income interests, etc.
Summary Legal Advice
We give free legal advice on the telephone, by appointment or on a walk-in basis in the areas of law listed above. There are no financial eligibility restrictions when asking for summary advice.
We do not practice in all areas of law. If we are unable to help you, we may be able to refer you to someone who can.
We cannot help you with criminal, family, civil, provincial offences, real estate or immigration law. We do not issue legal aid certificates.
If you need help with a criminal or a family law matter, then please call Legal Aid Ontario at 1-800-668-8258 Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST) for help and/or visit https://www.legalaid.on.ca.
All information you give us about your legal problem is confidential – whether we are providing you with advice, referring you elsewhere for help or representing you before a court or tribunal. The only exceptions are if we hear information that shows a likelihood of serious harm to you or others or if Legal Aid Ontario asks for financial information that shows you qualify for our services.
Public Legal Education and Publications
At your request we can prepare presentations and workshops for you and/or your group. We also provide pamphlets on a wide range of legal topics.
We develop initiatives and work together with other community organizations on projects that will provide a benefit to low income people and to advocate for the rights of low-income people.
All services are provided free of charge. However, if you can afford it, we will ask you to pay us back when we have to pay for things to help your case such as a medical report or court filing fees.