If it has been determined that you are eligible to recieve full representation, it may take several days or weeks to assign a lawyer to your case. This may happen if your case is complicated or simply because lawyers are in high demand in your area.
You should know that Legal Aid Alberta staff will be discussing your case with your lawyer, but all information is kept confidential. We will not release any information about you or your LAA client files to anyone but you and the lawyer that has been assigned to assist you, unless you give us your permission to do so.
You should also know that we will be checking on the progress of your case and may contact you or your lawyer to ask for updates regarding either your legal issues or changes to your financial situation or living arrangements.
Once you have been approved for coverage:
- Write down your lawyer’s name and phone number.
- Call your lawyer’s office to make an appointment — do not just drop by your lawyer’s office.
- Always call your lawyer to reschedule if you can’t keep an upcoming appointment.
Before meeting with your lawyer:
- Write down any questions you have.
- Make notes of things you want to tell your lawyer at your meetings.
- Keep all if your legal papers in an envelope or file and bring them to every meeting. It can also be for you to bring a notebook and pen to your appointments so that you can make your own notes of your meetings.