Common Questions 2016 Update
What are Common Questions (CQs)?
Clicklaw links to so many great resources, which can make it difficult to decide which one to read first. Clicklaw’s Common Questions are like an extended legal FAQ. They help narrow down the resources people should start with. We are currently working on reviewing and updating our 160 questions.
An example of a Common Question:
In the last 30 days, these 5 CQs received over 4000 views:
- I’m applying for probate; where can I find the forms required?
- I have to go on welfare. What do I need to know before I apply?
- I am the executor of my mother’s will and am doing the work myself
- I want to find out about getting BC disability benefits
- I’ve been dismissed (fired) without just cause
Some of our new or updated questions are:
- Can I get a legal order to keep an abuser away from me? Updated: Effective December 5, 2016, the Ministry of Justice will coordinate the service of protection orders under the Family Law Act, when the order is issued without the respondent (i.e. abuser) in court. This is to ensure that someone’s (your) inability to hire a process server does not hinder service.
- I think I was sexually harassed. What can I do? This common question directs you to information resources, as well as to the BC Human Rights Clinic that can provide help to resolve your issue.
- What does the new Societies Act require? The new Societies Act is in force as of November 28, 2016. Pre-existing societies have a two-year transition period to come into compliance with the new act. There are numerous helpful resources and services to help you transition.
- Is marijuana legal in BC? Not for recreational use. Possession of marijuana is a criminal offense across Canada, under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. This common question explains the exceptions, and has information on the Canadian government’s Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation.
Do you have an idea for a Common Question?
Do you get asked the same questions over and over again by your clients? Send your suggestions to: editor[@]clicklaw.bc.ca