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LSS services for your clients

Legal aid services range from legal information and legal advice to legal representation.

To get a lawyer to represent your client, their legal problem must be covered by LSS and they must qualify financially. The coverage areas for which your client may qualify are:

Clients looking for legal advice also have to qualify financially. Our legal information is free. See Publications.

For more information about our coverage and eligibility policies, see our fact sheets.

How to apply for legal aid

You can help your clients get legal aid by preparing them for the intake interview. LSS interviews potential clients in person at a legal aid office or over the phone. To find out more, see How to apply.

What your client should expect from a legal aid contract

If your client is approved for representation by a legal aid lawyer, they should expect a certain standard of service. They also need to understand their role and responsibilities. To find out more, consider giving them a copy of Working with Your Legal Aid Lawyer.

How to change a legal aid lawyer

If your client wants to change the legal aid lawyer assigned to their case, they can ask the intake legal assistant at the office where they applied for a "Change of Counsel Request — Client Questionnaire."

How to apply for a review of a legal aid decision

If an intake legal assistant tells your client that they’re not financially eligible for legal aid or that their case isn't covered by legal aid, they can ask for a review of this decision. They can ask the intake legal assistant who refused the application to provide them with a "Legal Aid Application — Refused" form and return it to that office or send it to:

Provincial Supervisor, Legal Aid Applications
#425 – 510 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC  V6C 3A8

Fax: 604-682-0787

Even if your client isn't eligible for legal representation, they may be eligible for legal advice. LSS also provides free legal information services.

How to make a complaint about a legal aid lawyer

See Complaints.