It depends on whether or not someone may want to oppose a guardianship application, how complex the situation is, and how confident someone feels on their own. Depending on the situation, people applying to be made legal guardians may need help. Several sources that can provide help are:
- Legal Aid Alberta’s Legal Services Centres can provide detailed legal information to callers and can provide legal advice by telephone or in person to those who qualify. The Legal Services Centre also connects people with lawyers if they qualify for free legal representation. To reach Legal Aid Alberta, call 780-427-7575 in Edmonton and 1-866-845-3425, toll-free, elsewhere in Alberta. Information about who qualifies for Legal Aid Alberta services is available on our Eligibility page.
- Lawyers have experience making guardianship applications in court. Phone books and online directories provide the names and numbers of law offices and lawyers. The Lawyer Referral Service also provides names and numbers for free : call 403-228-1722 in Calgary and 1-800-661-1095 elsewhere in Alberta.
- Family Justice Services may provide information as well as in-court assistance (Family Court Counsellors) to people making guardianship applications. Family Justice Services has a page at the Alberta Court’s website at www.albertacourts.ca, under the tab: Court Services. There are many Family Justice Services locations throughout Alberta, the contact information for each location can be found on its webpage.
- Family Law Information Centre provides information and education about family law, including information about how to make a court application. Family Law Information Centre has a page at the Alberta Court’s website at, www.albertacourts.ca under the tab: Court Services. There are several Family Law Information Centre locations throughout Alberta, the contact information for each location can be found on its webpage.
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