Last question sir. Will Legal Aid give me a lawyer? I heard that I might be able to get a certificate? I own a house but

Expert's Assistant chat
Customer: Dear Ulysses,Last question sir. Will Legal Aid give me a lawyer? I heard that I might be able to get a certificate? I own a house but I don't live in it as my wife does with the drag queen. I earn decent money and pay support payments as I mentioned. I have car also as you know. If legal aid is an option, I might consider it because paying huge dollars for a lawyer is not something I want to do if I was to take my wife back to court.
Answered by Ulysses101 in 12 mins 2 years ago
imglogo
Ulysses101
10+ years of experience
logo

9404 Satisfied customers

Expert in: Family Law, Legal, Estate Law, Real Estate Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Business Law, Consumer Protection Law, Bankruptcy Law, Traffic Law, Personal Injury Law.

logoimgimgVerified lawyers, 10+ years of experience
Chat with a Lawyer in minutes, 24/7
imglogo

Verified lawyers, 10+ years of experience

Save time and money. Get specialized help.

imglogo
Ulysses101
10+ years of experience
logo

9404 Satisfied customers

Jessica

Jessica

Consultant

31,131 Satisfied customers

Pearl avatar
Lawyer's, Assistant
14 Lawyers are online right now.
img

Ulysses101, Expert

Thanks for the question.

You can go to Legal Aid Ontario's website for information on what it takes to qualify financially. If you pass the "financial means" test, then they will look at the issues you're facing in court. For instance, if your children are removed from your care by the authorities, they'll give you a certificate for sure. If you and your ex want to fight over who gets the couch, or who gets the dog, or the issue is solely the access terms relating to a teenaged child, Legal Aid won't be giving you a taxpayer funded lawyer.

As well, these days they don't normally give family certificates to bring something back to court, or to start a case, unless there's some kind of emergency. Which means that you're a victim of domestic violence or the CAS is waiting in the wings for you to go to court or else they'll take the children away.

If you have a threshold income or lower, then you should qualify. Then you have to convince them that it's urgent and you need the certificate now rather than for them to wait until you've done a few court appearances and still can't settle it. That's what they usually say. But like any government agency with a budget they want to spend the entire budget or they'll lose out next year, so with CoVid they might be handing out certificates now to use up their budget. I wouldn't be surprised.

Because you own real estate you wouldn't get a free certificate anyway. Legal Aid does offer certificates to hire a lawyer who accepts Legal Aid cases, on a repayment plan if the applicant has real estate. This means that you'd pay back Legal Aid what it pays your lawyer, at legal aid rates and at fixed number of available hours to provide service, plus 10% for administration fees. That debt is secured by a lien on the property. They'll want a plan of some money monthly towards the bill, perhaps as low as $50. That's still much cheaper than hiring a lawyer privately, at market rates and needing a retainer of usually a few thousand dollars at least.

So go to the site and look at the qualifications, then call them and ask to apply. You'll need a copy of your deed / land title to show that you own the property. And also ask very specifically for a repayment plan certificate, they don't always go out of their way to offer it.

And check with your existing lawyer to see if they'll take your case with the certificate, of course.

I hope you qualify if you pursue it, I know that legal fees can be tough to work into a typical budget, especially with auto and support, and everyone's taxes going to rise due to to CoVid.

Is that good information to start with?

Customer
Thanks for this. I didn't think I'd qualify but just wanted to ask as my income has been reduced somewhat due to COVID-19. I will review their website though as you suggest. You've answered all my questions so thanks very much for that. Very informative!
img

Ulysses101, Expert

Glad to help. Thanks for the rating.

Ulysses

Ask a lawyer and get your legal questions answered.
See all Legal Questions
img
Related Legal Questions
How it works
logoAsk for help, 24/7
Ask for help, 24/7
Members enjoy round-the-clock access to 12,000+ verified Experts, including doctors, lawyers, tech support, mechanics, vets, home repair pros, more.
logoExpert will respond in minutes
Expert will respond in minutes
After you reach out, we match you with an Expert who specializes in your situation. Talk, text, chat, whichever you prefer.
logoSave time & money
Save time & money
No scheduling hassles, missing time from work, or expensive consults.
A JustAnswer membership can save you significant time and money each month.
img
logo 593 Verified lawyers, 10+ years of experience
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on Askalawyeroncall.com are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. Askalawyeroncall.com is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response as proposing specific action or addressing your specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances should be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on any information received from an Expert, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains. The responses above are from independent, freelance Experts, who are not employed by Askalawyeroncall.com . The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credentials of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service.
Explore law categories
Powered by JustAnswer