Welcome to the New Dial-A-Law

by People’s Law School

Dial-A-Law has changed—and it’s now easier to use than ever. 

Dial-A-Law began as a way to access BC legal information by telephone, featuring recordings written and edited by volunteer lawyers. 

Now, Dial-A-Law has been relaunched with a modern, user-friendly website.   https://dialalaw.peopleslawschool.ca/ is a great one-stop shop for helping people start solving their legal problems.

What’s new

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The new site still cover legal topics in over 130 areas, and its information is still regularly reviewed by lawyers—but now it’s easier than ever to use. All its content is available on the site, in a new format that’s easy to scan. The text has been rewritten at a 7th grade level, making it accessible to a broader range of readers. And audio recordings are available on each page, assisting anyone who needs a little extra help absorbing the information. 

And all this information is still available by phone, with simplified recordings that are now easier to navigate. 

When and how to access Dial-A-Law

The first step of solving a legal problem is understanding the law. Using clear, direct language, Dial-A-Law focuses on what people can do about their legal problems, and makes a great starting point for questions about BC law. 

Dial-A-Law can be accessed online at dialalaw.ca or by phone at 1-800-565-5297 (604-687-4680 in the Lower Mainland). Also find it on Clicklaw and Clicklaw Wikibooks.

About People’s Law School

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Funded by the Law Foundation of BC, Dial-A-Law was previously operated by the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch. It was redesigned by People’s Law School, a non-profit society dedicated to making the law accessible to everyone. We provide free education and information to help people effectively deal with the legal problems of daily life. Our resources are available in a variety of formats to meet the needs of people: on the web and other digitalplatforms, in booklets and through classes in communities around BC.

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2019 Bi-Monthly Update Series: March/April

To keep you informed, here are some highlights of changes and updates made to Clicklaw in March and April:

Jan-Feb | Mar-Apr | May-Jun | Jul-Aug | Sep-Oct | Nov-Dec

Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries Solution Explorer
by Civil Resolutions Tribunal

On April 1, 2019, the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) started resolving many motor vehicle injury (MVI) personal injury disputes in British Columbia. This includes determinations of whether an injury is a “minor injury”, disputes about accident benefits, and disputes about damages and fault up to $50,000. The Solution Explorer is the first step in the online CRT process, with free legal information and tools.

Ordering a Court Transcript
by The National Self-Represented Litigants Project

This guide outlines the steps that are required to order court transcripts in each province/territory. It is a compilation of information obtained from court websites, telephone & email conversations with court services/transcript services at different courthouses, and from legal professionals.

Disability Alliance BC

The following help sheets have been updated:

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Legal Services Society

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Mediate BC

Mediate BC has launched a new website, providing an easy way to learn everything you need to know about mediation, and help you find the right mediator. The updated listings on Clicklaw include:

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  • Being an Executor – this updated booklet is for people who have been asked to be an executor in a will.
  • Power of Attorney – this updated booklet tells you how a power of attorney can be used to give someone the legal power to take care of financial and legal matters for you.
  • Preparing Your Will – this updated publication explains how to prepare a will, what to consider when appointing an executor, and next steps after the will is finished.
  • Essentials of Work & the Law (formerly Working in BC) – this updated booklet offers information about your rights & responsibilities as a worker.
  • Unbundled Legal Services – this new website helps the public understand “unbundling”, a new service model for law in British Columbia.

Rise Women’s Virtual Legal Clinic (VLC)
from Rise Women’s Legal Centre

Provides free and low-cost legal services to self-identified women who live outside of the geographic zone from Whistler to Chilliwack (inclusive). The clinic offers a range of services, including information and summary advice, document drafting, and legal coaching for self-represented litigants.

Drop-in Legal Clinic at Ray-Cam Community Centre
from Society for Children and Youth of BC

This new drop-in legal clinic provides legal help for young people who are experiencing problems relating to family law, child protection, a breach of your human rights and many other legal issues.

North Shore Pro Bono

  • Dispute Resolution Education – education and coaching workshops regarding separation, divorce, parenting arrangements, support and division of property and debt.
  • Pro Bono Estate Planning – estate planning assistance for low-income individuals who want to ensure that they have a valid will and all documents (incl. Power of Attorney & Representation Agreement) in place to handle their financial & personal matters should they not be able to.
  • Pro Bono Family Mediation – family mediation for low income individuals with concerns in the areas of property division, support and custody.

Project Inclusion: Confronting Anti-Homeless and Anti-Substance User Stigma in British Columbia
by Pivot Legal Society

Project Inclusion is a comprehensive study into the ways in which specific laws and policies in policing, health care, and the court system directly undermine the health and safety of people who are homeless and living with substance use issues by trapping them in a cycle of criminalization.

Red Women Rising: Indigenous Women Survivors in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
by Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

This comprehensive report is based on the lived experience, leadership, and expertise of Indigenous survivors. The report places Indigenous women survivors at the center, rather than as a secondary reference. It proposes 35 key recommendations and goes into more details in its 200 recommendations.

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