Who can help me with my civil case?

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Court staff cannot provide you with any legal advice. They also cannot fill out forms for you. A lawyer is in the best position to advise you about your legal rights and responsibilities. If you retain a lawyer, consultations with your lawyer are private and confidential.

The Law Society Referral Service at findlegalhelp.ca refers Ontario residents to lawyers or paralegals for free, up to 30 minute phone or in-person consultations. Lawyers and paralegals who speak various languages are available. You can also request to speak with a lawyer who accepts legal aid certificates.

Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a crisis line is available for people unable to use the online referral service, such as those in custody, a shelter, or in a remote community without internet access. The crisis line is available at 416-947-5255 (TTY: 416-644-4886) or toll-free at 1-855-947-5255.

People may also search for an Ontario lawyer or paralegal at lawyerandparalegal.directory. The directory is searchable by name, city, postal code and area of law/legal service. Using this directory does not guarantee you a free consultation and you will need to discuss fees directly with the lawyer or paralegal you contact.

Parties under a disability and parties acting in a representative capacity must be represented by a lawyer. A party under a disability is defined as a minor, or a person who is mentally incapable within the meaning of the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992, whether he or she has a guardian or not, or an absentee within the meaning of the Absentee Act.

Corporations must be represented by a lawyer, unless the court allows otherwise. Any other party to a proceeding can either represent themselves or be represented by a lawyer.

For more information about finding a lawyer, visit the Justice Ontario section of the Ministry website.

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