Guelph Wellington Legal Clinic provides an online check-up to help people who are living in poverty so they can identify legal problems and get help. If you do not have enough money to live on, a good home or job, or family, social and health supports, your legal health may be at risk.
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Any resident of Guelph and Wellington County can call the Legal Clinic for legal advice in the areas of law the Clinic handles. To be eligible for a brief service or representation, your income and assets cannot exceed a certain amount.
Anyone can call the Legal Clinic for general information. To get legal advice on your case, your problem must be one of the kinds the clinic handles, and your income and assets cannot be above a certain level. To find out if you qualify, click here.
When you contact the Clinic, the staff will ask for some general information about your situation. You may be given some general information the first time you call and you may be offered an intake appointment with a case worker by phone or in person.
The Legal Clinic offers Summary Advice, which is information provided when you call the Clinic. It may include a referral to another legal resource.
The Clinic may assist with a Brief Service, which is help with a legal process such as filling out documents or reviewing legal paperwork. You must be financially eligible to receive this service.
Representation is when the Legal Clinic provides you with legal representation. Before the Legal Clinic will offer you legal representation, they will check your income and assets, assign a Caseworker and a retainer will be signed.
The Legal Clinic is staffed by Lawyers, a Paralegal, Intake Workers and a Clinic Assistant. You will first speak with the Clinic Assistant and then you may speak with a case worker, depending on your need and staff availability.
The Legal Clinic is funded through Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the community. For more information about LAO Clinics and services, please click here: www.legalaid.on.ca