Ontario's Community Legal Clinics are funded by Legal Aid Ontario to provide legal services for low-income individuals and families in a variety of areas of law. In some cases, clinics can assist with wills and/or legal issues related to estate law. Clinics can also help you to find support and advice by directing you to other community agencies or lawyers in your area that provide assistance and information.

The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly provides direct legal services to low-income senior citizens in Ontario. They have particular expertise in issues of consent and capacity, powers of attorney, elder abuse, and issues related to long-term care services.

ARCH Disability Law Centre provides information, summary advice, brief services, and some representation to people with disabilities and to lawyers representing them. ARCH's areas of priority are attendant services, Education law, legal capacity, and services for persons with intellectual disabilities.

There is a free wills clinic available for low-income Ontarians in the Ottawa and Toronto areas who can't afford to hire a lawyer to help prepare their wills. Lawyers prepare simple wills for people who do not already have a will. Visit Pro Bono Ontario - Estate Planning for more information, and to apply.

The Law Society of Upper Canada has information on its web site to help you find legal assistance. Visit the Law Society's online Lawyer and Paralegal Directory or call the Law Society Referral Service (LSRS) to get the name of a lawyer.

JusticeNet is a not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees. JusticeNet is currently available to anyone living in Ontario.

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211 Ontario is an information and referral hotline that gives help in many languages. Dial 211 for free from any phone in Ontario. They take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For general information on finding legal help visit: I need legal help, but have limited income and can't afford a lawyer. What can I do?

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211 Ontario

211Ontario.ca is a portal to to over 60,000 community, social, health and related government programs and services in Ontario. In most communities in Ontario, you can dial 211 to access telephone-...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Outside Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://www.211ontario.ca/

211 Ontario - Employment and Training

211Ontario.ca provides an extensive list of community and social services from across Ontario related to Employment and Training. In most communities in Ontario, you can dial 211 to access...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Community and/or Social Services
Website:
http://www.211ontario.ca/topic/employment-training

Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST)

Offers legal assistance to Aboriginal people living in Toronto. Youth, criminal, and family court workers also provide services. ALST operates an alternative justice program and prepares "Gladue"...
Regions served:
Greater Toronto Area
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-408-3967 or 416-408-4041 (accepts collect calls)
Website:
http://www.aboriginallegal.ca

Advocacy Centre for The Elderly (ACE)

Provides direct legal services to low income seniors, public legal education, and law reform. Services and activities are in relation to areas of law of special importance to the seniors’ population...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-598-2656
Website:
http://www.acelaw.ca

ARCH Disability Law Centre

ARCH Disability Law Centre provides information, summary advice and referral service, brief services, and representation in certain cases for people with disabilities and for lawyers and other legal...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-482-8255
Website:
http://www.archdisabilitylaw.ca

Community and specialty legal clinics

Funded by Legal Aid Ontario, community legal clinics provide free legal services to low income people in every community across Ontario. All help is free, private and confidential. Community...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Aid Ontario Services, Legal Clinics - General Service, Legal Clinics - Specialty
Website:
http://legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/type_civil-clinics.asp

Community Legal Clinic - Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes

Community Legal Clinic - Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes provides free legal services to low-income residents of Simcoe County, Haliburton County, and Kawartha Lakes.
Regions served:
Central Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-326-6444
Website:
http://www.communitylegalclinic.ca

Community Legal Services, Western University

Community Legal Services, Western University provides free legal services to low-income residents of London and to Fanshawe College and Western students. Services are provided by law students...
Regions served:
Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
519-661-3352
Website:
http://law.uwo.ca/legal_clinics/community_legal_services/

Durham Community Legal Clinic

Durham Community Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low-income residents of the Durham region.
Regions served:
Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
905-728-7321
Website:
http://www.durhamcommunitylegalclinic.ca

Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario

The Government of Ontario website provides information to residents, businesses and visitors to Ontario. The site features information on Ontario government services and programs. To access Ontario...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services
Website:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/serviceontario

HALCO - HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario

Provides free legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS in Ontario. Other services include public legal education activities across Ontario, law reform and community development activities....
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - Specialty
Phone:
416-340-7790
Website:
http://www.halco.org/

JusticeNet

JusticeNet is a not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees. JusticeNet is currently...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Finding a lawyer
Phone:
416-479-0551
Website:
http://www.justicenet.ca

Law Society Referral Service (LSRS)

The Law Society Referral Service is an online service for residents of Ontario for referrals to lawyers or paralegals who will provide a free, up to 30 minute consultation either by phone or in...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Finding a lawyer
Website:
http://www.findlegalhelp.ca

Manitoulin Legal Clinic

Manitoulin Legal Clinic provides free legal services to low income people in the District of Manitoulin. Please note that the exact location as displayed by Google Maps below may not be accurate. The...
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Phone:
705-368-3333

National Database of Professionals Assisting Self-Representing Litigants

National Database of Professionals Assisting Self-Representing Litigants is an online directory of lawyers and other professionals that offer support and assistance to people who are representing...
Regions served:
Canada
Service type:
Finding a lawyer
Website:
http://representingyourselfcanada.com/database/

North Shore Legal

North Shore Legal provides free legal services to low-income residents of the Algoma District who seek assistance in either French or English.
Regions served:
Northern Ontario
Service type:
Legal Clinics - General Service
Website:
http://www.northshorelegal.ca/

Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

The Ministry of the Attorney General is responsible for providing a fair and accessible justice system that reflects the needs of the diverse communities it serves across government and the province...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services
Website:
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/

Pro Bono Ontario

Pro Bono Ontario offers free programs to help people who have civil, non-family, matters at the Small Claims Court or Superior Court in Toronto and Ottawa. The program is designed for...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Finding a lawyer, Other Law-related Services
Website:
https://www.probonoontario.org/

Pro Bono Ontario

Pro Bono Ontario is a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase access to justice for low-income Ontarians with civil, non-family, legal problems. PBLO develops special projects through law firms...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Court and Tribunal Related Services, Finding a lawyer, Legal Clinics - General Service, Other Law-related Services
Website:
https://www.probonoontario.org

Queen's Elder Law Clinic

The Queen's Elder Law Clinic provides educational and legal services to older adults and community organizations in Kingston, Ontario. The clinic provides workshops on legal issues for seniors groups...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Other Law-related Services
Phone:
613-533-2102
Website:
http://queenslawclinics.ca/elder/

Queen’s Law Clinics

Queen’s Law Clinics provide free legal services to low-income residents of Kingston, Napanee, southern Frontenac County and southern Lennox and Addington County, as well as Queen's University...
Regions served:
Eastern Ontario
Service type:
Student Legal Aid Services Society
Phone:
613-533-2102
Website:
http://queenslawclinics.ca/queenslegalaid/

The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT)

The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) is part of Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General. The OPGT plays a role in protecting the rights and interests of adults who are mentally...
Regions served:
Serves all of Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southwestern Ontario
Service type:
Other Government Services
Phone:
416-326-2220
Website:
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/pgt/