The majority of Legal Aid Alberta’s services are not free. For most issues, Legal Aid Alberta lawyers charge a reduced hourly rate of $92.40 plus miscellaneous fees. The fees a lawyer can charge are outlined in our Legal Aid Tariff. A copy of the Tariff is available on our website, LAA Tariff.
Legal Aid pays your lawyer during your case and we work with you to set up a re-payment plan. All clients are expected to re-pay Legal Aid Alberta for their lawyer’s services. There is no interest on a bill with Legal Aid Alberta, and you are not responsible for paying GST.
Legal Aid Alberta accepts payments in a variety of different ways:
For more info on payments please see our payments page Payments – Legal Aid Alberta or contact our payments team at 1-866-845-3425 and choose option 4 at the menu.
No, there is no requirement for a down payment or retainer to be paid before a lawyer can start helping you.
No, there is no interest on the amount owing to Legal Aid Alberta.
No, you are not responsible for paying the GST on your lawyer’s bill.
Yes. You can apply for coverage on a new legal issue even if you have an outstanding bill with us for a previous matter. We will discuss your payment arrangements each time you apply.
The fees a lawyer can charge are outlined in our Legal Aid Tariff. A copy of the Tariff is available on our website, LAA Tariff. As per our Governance Agreement, the Tariff is reviewed by the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General for the Province of Alberta.
You can contact our client payments team at 1-866-845-3425 or email us and ask for a copy of the bill(s) submitted by your lawyer.
You can visit our Payments page to see an example of a statement with descriptions. If you need assistance you can contact our client payments team at 1-866-845-3425 or email us
It can take time for your lawyer to finalize everything on their end and submit the final invoice to Legal Aid Alberta. A lawyer typically has 6 months from the conclusion of the case to submit the invoice to Legal Aid Alberta.
If you have received an account statement and want more specific information about your bill please contact us at CASTintake@legalaid.ab.ca or contact us at 1-866-845-3425 to request a copy of the lawyer’s invoice. The invoice will provide more detailed information.
The Tariff is very specific in laying out what services a lawyer is able to charge for and what the charge for that service is. Legal Aid Alberta is only able reduce the amount of the bill if the lawyer did not bill correctly according to our Tariff.