Lawyers bill Legal Aid Alberta for the work they have done on your case based on the fees, rates, and guidelines described in a document called the Legal Aid Alberta Tariff.
The lawyer’s bill to Legal Aid Alberta shows the time they have spent working on your file. This includes meetings, court appearances, telephone calls, emails, preparing documents and research, etc. Lawyers will also bill Legal Aid Alberta for expenses such as courier fees, postage, photocopying and use of experts (example: doctors, psychologists, etc.). You can ask Legal Aid Alberta for copies of the bills your lawyer submits to us for payment.
A common misconception about Legal Aid Alberta is that all services are free. Some of the services are free, but
if you are provided with a lawyer to represent you in court there is a fee for these services. Like ambulance service or post-secondary tuition most of the cost of these services are paid for by the Government of Alberta, but clients of Legal Aid Alberta are also required to pay a small fee to cover a part of the cost of providing these services.
As soon as you have applied for coverage with Legal Aid Alberta, your personal client account is automatically set up. Where applicable, payment arrangements can be made that will accommodate your financial situation.
Note: You may be asked to provide Legal Aid Alberta with a
bail assignment or pre-payment before a lawyer is assigned to your case. Our client payments team may also ask for regular payments or a
security agreement against property that you own, such as a car or a house. If you refuse to comply with these requests, services may not be provided to you.
Payment amounts and a payment schedule can be developed with the client payment team. You should expect to receive your statement every other month. This statement comes from Legal Aid Alberta, not your lawyer. Your statement will include the amount that is due that month, along with the balance remaining on your account. The following options are available to pay your bill:
- pre-authorized withdrawals; payments come out of your bank account each month (you have the option of selecting the date and amount of the payments);
- online/telephone banking;
- cash, cheque or money order paid in person, at any Legal Aid Alberta office;
- interac/debit, which can be made at Calgary and Edmonton offices only; and/or
- mailing a cheque or money order to any Legal Aid Alberta office.
When making a payment, please be sure to include:
- your Legal Aid Alberta account number; and
- your full name (first, middle and last).
This form must be completed by clients who wish to have Legal Aid Alberta take payments out of their bank account automatically.
Pre-Authorized Withdrawal Form
If your lawyer is able to get a money settlement in your case (example: funds are divided from the sale of a home in a divorce case, seized monies, court costs, etc.), he/she cannot automatically release that money to you without Legal Aid Alberta’s permission, as we may ask that some of the money be held back to pay your Legal Aid Alberta bill.
Request to Review - Fees and Payments
If you have a question about your Legal Aid Alberta statement or bill, please call 1-866-845-3425 and select option 5.