Legal Aid Alberta provides coverage most often when:
- you have family law matters
- you have an income support or adult guardianship issue
- you are facing serious criminal charges
- you have been charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act
- you have child welfare matters
- you need an
emergency protection order
- your child has been unlawfully removed from or taken to Alberta or a foreign country
- you have certain immigration issues (a refugee hearing where 'basis of claim' has been submitted)
Legal Aid Alberta does not provide coverage for:
- Landlord and tenant issues
- Uncontested divorces and divorces that do not involve custody, child support or spousal support
- Personal injury, including motor vehicle accidents
- Consumer rights
- Law suits including foreclosures and civil claims
- Commissioner of Oaths and Notary Public services
- Employment issues
- Wills and estates
- Third party applications
- Immigration sponsorship
- You are the victim of a crime
Get full details on Legal Aid Alberta services here.
Who Qualifies for Service?
Many of these services, including adult criminal services, are only available to Albertans who meet the Legal Aid Alberta Financial Eligibility Guidelines.
Financial Eligibility is determined by your family size, the things you own (assets), and your family income after expenses (net income for the last 30 days and the last 12 months). Your family includes you, your children and your spouse or common-law partner.
Get full details on Legal Aid Alberta Financial Eligibility here.
What You Need Before You Call
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
Depending on your legal issue, Legal Aid Alberta may require the following documents as they relate to your matter.
- Family Law matters: Any court dates that are in place; any court applications/claims you have made; any legal documents you have been served with
- Criminal matters: Criminal charge documents (i.e.: promise to appear, undertaking to a peace officer)
- Immigration matters: Immigration documents (i.e.: basis of claim)
- Other legal matters: any documentation relating to your legal matter