The Frequently Asked Questions below may help answer some of your legal questions.
Is legal assistance with Legal Aid Alberta free?
Do I need to bring anything with me when I apply?
What will they ask me when I apply?
Can I choose my lawyer?
I am a youth and have an income. Can I still apply to Legal Aid Alberta?
What if I have a legal issue in Alberta, but am a resident of another province?
What can I do if I think an error has been made on my assessment or have additional information to provide?
Can I apply for legal assistance if I still have an outstanding balance with Legal Aid Alberta from a previous legal issue?
If you receive representation from a lawyer appointed to you through Legal Aid Alberta, those services are not free no matter the outcome. You will be expected to establish a payment arrangement and make payments. The rates for these services are significantly less than if you were to hire a lawyer on your own. Interest and GST are not charged on accounts.
Visit My Legal Aid Bill to find out more information.
When applying for Legal Aid services, either in person or over the phone, please bring the following information to the interview:
- Personal identification (i.e. driver's license)
- Documentation that verifies your financial situation (i.e. last/most recent pay stub, bank statements, income support statements etc.)
- Documentation that verifies your spouse/partner's financial situation
Please see the What to Know Before You Call section of our website for more information
In order to complete an assessment to determine the best service option, you will be asked about:
- Your legal issue
- Your financial situation
- Any assets you own
- Marital status
- Family size
- Living arrangements
- Current contact information
When applying for coverage through Legal Aid Alberta, you cannot choose your lawyer. You can tell us who you would like as your lawyer at the time of your assessment and your request will be considered. However, please understand that Legal Aid Alberta reserves the right to appoint a lawyer to you from an existing list of lawyers who take legal aid matters.
If you have a lawyer you would like to use, you need to first ask the lawyer:
- Do you accept legal aid matters?
- Do you handle the type of matters that I need help with? (Example: family, criminal, immigration, civil)
All youth (12 to 18 years) are eligible to receive representation by a lawyer through Legal Aid Alberta when charged with a criminal offence, as this is mandated under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Contact the Legal Services Centre for assistance.
Legal Aid Alberta may provide legal services to a resident from another province. If you have a criminal charge in Alberta, you need to contact Legal Aid Alberta for an assessment. If your issue is not criminal, you need to contact the legal aid plan in the province where you live.
You may not qualify for legal representation under LAA eligibility guidelines. This could be due to the nature of your legal issue or your financial situation. If you believe an error was made in refusing to provide you with a lawyer, you may request the decision be reviewed.
Please visit the Denied/Cancelled Representation page of our website for more detailed information.
Yes, you may apply for coverage on a new legal issue even if you have an outstanding Legal Aid Alberta bill from a previous matter. Your payment arrangements will be discussed each time you apply to Legal Aid Alberta.