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How long does it take for legal aid to be approved?

How long does it take for legal aid to be approved?

The Agency will tell you and your solicitor if you are eligible for legal aid, this can take up to 4 weeks, sometimes longer. If you need legal aid urgently, your solicitor can make an emergency written application, this usually takes 2-3 days, but can take longer.

How do I get a free lawyer in Alberta?

In Calgary, call 403-234-9022, or call toll free from anywhere in Alberta: 1-800-332-1091. Topics that Dial-A-Law covers include: Consumer Law; Criminal Law; Employment Law; Family Law; Real Estate Law; Wills and Estate Law; Youth and the Law.

How much do legal aid lawyers make in Alberta?

The minimum income level to qualify for legal aid will be raised by three per cent. The hourly rate paid to lawyers will increase from $84 to $92.40 an hour. The province will also add more family lawyers to act as duty counsel in a number of high-need courts.

Can legal aid run out?

Sorry – it’s because legal aid is technically a loan. What if the money runs out? You’ll be awarded a fixed amount of legal aid money to start with. If you need more, the lawyers helping you will apply for it.

How much must you earn to qualify for legal aid?

A person’s qualifying monthly earnings, after tax, must not exceed R7,400, a 35% increase from the previous limit. For a member of a household, the household’s monthly income, after tax, must not exceed R8,000, a 34% increase.

How can I hire a lawyer with no money?

Here’s how to find legal help if you can’t afford a lawyer:

  1. Contact the city courthouse.
  2. Seek free lawyer consultations.
  3. Look to legal aid societies.
  4. Visit a law school.
  5. Contact your county or state bar association.
  6. Go to small claims court.

Why do lawyers do pro bono cases?

Through pro bono work, junior lawyers gain hands-on experience. By fulfilling the role of helping people, providing access to justice and upholding the rule of law in society, pro bono enhances the reputation of law firms and the legal profession.

Do you get legal aid for divorce?

You might be able to get legal aid to pay towards the legal costs of divorce or dissolution. You’ll be assessed on how much income, savings, investments and valuables you have (not including your main home). You might also be able to get legal aid if you receive certain benefits.

What is the purpose of legal aid?

Legal aid may be taken to mean free legal assistance to the poor persons in any judicial proceedings before the Court, Tribunals or any authority. It intends to provide free legal assistance to the poor persons who are not able to enforce the rights given to them by law.

When to apply for legal aid in Alberta?

We can help with child welfare matters if your child has been taken away and you have been served with a guardianship or supervision application. Legal Aid Alberta only provides a lawyer for a supervision application if it is not the first time Child and Family Services have requested one or if drug testing is requested.

Where can I get legal assistance in Calgary?

Caseworkers also volunteer providing on-site outreach services to several Calgary agencies including the Calgary Dream Centre, CUPS Calgary, and Alpha House. If you are from a low-income household and cannot afford the services of a lawyer, SLA may be able to assist you. We can provide legal representation and services in several areas.

What kind of legal services do I have in Alberta?

We’re here to help. While not everyone can afford a lawyer, every Albertan deserves access to a fair legal system. As a publicly funded, non-profit organization, we provide affordable legal services in family law, domestic violence, child welfare, immigration, and youth and adult criminal defense.

How much does it cost to get legal assistance at U of C?

There is a one-time application fee of $50 (except for U of C Undergrads, they get the services for free) The SLA office is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The SLA office is closed on week-ends and statutory holidays. Caseworkers do not provide legal information over the phone.