Legal Aid Ontario

Site: Owen Sound

Service: Legal Aid Ontario

Description
Description (Service) Provides legal assistance to low-income Ontario residents who are eligible for support with their family, criminal or immigration/refugee legal matters 
 
Depending upon financial assessment, Legal Aid may pay for all or part of the qualifier's costs for the legal aid certificate * Upon approval, the client will be given a Legal Aid certificate which allows the client to hire the lawyer of their choice who participates in the program 
 
Duty Counsel are available day of court to assist financially eligible individuals in family and criminal Ontario Court of Justice and to assist all individuals in bail court 
 
Family Violence clients may qualify for two hours of free legal advice * Application form (13-FV) is available to Crisis Centres by contacting the Toronto Legal Aid Office at 1-800-668-8258 
 
Services to Aboriginal clients are a priority * First Nations people, Métis people and Inuit people are encouraged to self-identify their Aboriginal ancestry
Service Details
Public Comments Financially eligible clients can make an appointment to meet with a lawyer for information or advice at the Family Law Information Centre by calling the Courthouse at 519-370-2430
Hours Client Service Centre: Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm
Areas Served Bruce County ; Grey County
Eligibility Financial assessment * Click here for income eligibility
Application Applications can be made by phone to the toll free number at Client Service Center 
Application form to complete * Financial eligibility application process looks at the assets, income and expenses of client, family partner and/or dependent children  
 
Documents required to have available are:  
* all papers received from police, court, opposing party, and if you've spoken with a lawyer the exact wording requested for the certificate  
* proof of income such as pay stubs or letter from employer showing gross income and itemizing all deductions, pension receipt, copy of last year's income tax return  
* if unemployed - separation papers or proof of receipt of UIC, Family Benefits, Welfare (a cheque stub or letter indicating file number)  
* if self employed - your business bank accounts, a balance sheet, statement of income and expenses and a Notice to Reader completed by an accountant.  
* if you have no source of income, a letter from whomever you reside with setting out your financial contribution to the household  
* if you are in receipt of disability benefits or a pension, a stub regarding those is required * If you are a Young Offender, your parent, who supports you, is required to be financially assessed to complete your application 
* verification of shelter costs such as mortgage payments, property tax, rent, utilities * Verification of debts including bank loans, car payments, charge accounts  
* where applicable, support orders or other contracts or agreements setting out your financial obligations  
* up-to-date bank books, credit union statements, proof of bonds, RRSP's, stocks, GIC's 
* if you own property, a copy of the deed 
* if you have declared bankruptcy in the past year, a copy of those papers
Languages English ; French - through the 1-800-668-8258 number ; Interpretive Services - through the 1-800-668-8258 number
Fees None
Address and Location
Located In Community Owen Sound
Address & Map
Owen Sound Courthouse
611 9th Ave E
Owen Sound, ON N4K 6Z4
 
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Intersection 9th Ave E and 6th St E
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Contact Information
Toll Free Phone Client Service Centre 1-800-668-8258
Website www.legalaid.on.ca
Primary Executive Mary McCormick, Legal Manager

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