|Record #: CWD0586||Last Modified: 23 Mar 2017||Last Full Update: 27 Oct 2016|
|Description (Service)||Provides legal assistance to low-income Ontario residents who are eligible for support with their family, criminal or immigration/refugee legal matters. LAO also funds 77 community legal clinics across the province for assistance with other areas of law and issues involving basic needs such as housing, health care and education.
Depending upon financial assessment, Legal Aid may pay for all or part of the qualifier's costs. 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.
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.
Criminal Law Information Clinic (CLIC) available, see separate listing for details.
|Public Comments||Clients can walk into this office during specified days and times to complete applications. There is also a 1 day per week application day available at the Walkerton Courthouse.|
|Hours||Client Service Centre: Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm
Legal Aid application times:
Owen Sound: Tue 8:30 am-12 noon, Thu 8:30 am-12:30 pm, 2 pm-4 pm
Walkerton: Wed 8:30 am-12 noon, 12:30 pm-2 pm
|Areas Served||Bruce County ; Grey County|
|Eligibility||Financial assessment * Click here for income eligibility|
|Application||Applications can be made either: by phone to the toll free number at Client Service Center * or walk in to office (or Walkerton Courthouse) to apply in person during specified day(s) and times
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 bring 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.
|Address and Location|
|Site Location||Walkerton Courthouse for 1 day per week application at 207 Cayley St, 2nd floor.|
|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|
|Toll Free Phone||Client Service Centre 1-800-668-8258|
|Primary Contact||Jody Holmes; Phone: (Business) 519-376-0811|
|Primary Executive||Mary McCormick, Manager|