Getting legal help
Am I eligible for legal aid?
Family Law Service Centres
Family Law Service Centres offer eligible clients a range of legal resources and support for family matters. Find out more.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) provides low-income people with a range of legal services such as:
- duty counsel;
- information, referral, and advice through the toll-free telephone service and from LAO staff in courthouses;
- summary legal advice;
- community legal clinics, and;
- representation by a lawyer through the certificate program.
Looking for information on retaining a lawyer? See the certificate services page.
Can I get legal aid help?
To qualify for legal aid services, you must be financially eligible, and your legal matter must be one that LAO covers.
The chart below provides a guideline for the income levels needed to qualify for services such as duty counsel assistance, summary legal advice available through our toll-free number and advice through a Family Law Information Centre. Community legal clinics have their own eligibility criteria. Contact a clinic near you to find out more.
Note: this chart is for duty counsel and summary legal advice eligibility only. Visit the certificate services page for information on certificate program eligibility.