Getting legal help
Do you need legal help?
To get legal aid services, your legal issue must be one that Legal Aid Ontario covers, and you must be financially eligible. Usually, this means that:
- you have little or no money left after paying for basic things like food and housing, and;
- your legal problem is one that is covered by LAO.
Find out more about legal aid eligibility.
To find out more about our services, select the type of law below that best fits your legal issue:
- Domestic violence
- Immigration and refugee
- Government assistance
- Out of province
How we can help
Legal Aid Ontario provides legal assistance for low-income people. Services include:
- legal representation for eligible clients who appear in court without a lawyer;
- legal aid applications and information over the phone;
- legal resources and referrals to other social assistance agencies; and
- a certificate program for complex and serious cases.
In addition to these services, LAO funds 76 community and specialty legal clinics throughout the province. While each clinic provides information, legal advice and representation, the services and area of law they provide assistance with vary by location. Contact a clinic near you to find out more.
Services for Aboriginal clients are a priority. First Nations people, Métis people and Inuit people are encouraged to self-identify their Aboriginal ancestry.
Find out why it is important to tell your lawyer you are Aboriginal.