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Legal information and referral tip sheets

We’ve created seven tip sheets to help you give legal information and referrals to people who come to you with legal problems.

Some of the tip sheets – such as the lists of reliable legal information sites and of free or low-cost legal services – can also be helpful to people with legal problems. They are easy to print off, so you may want to distribute them in workshops or events. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Here are links to the individual tip sheets and referral lists:

  • "Detecting legal problems" sets out some common things you might hear clients say when they have a legal problem. It also links you to legal information that may be helpful.
  • Community workers can give legal information to people even if they don't have legal training. "Giving legal information" gives examples of legal information and legal advice to help you understand the difference.
  • There is a lot of legal information available online – so much that sometimes it can be hard to tell what you can rely on. "Clues to reliable legal information" provides a checklist of what to look for when assessing the legal information you find online.
  • "Sources for online legal information" lists several websites where you can find reliable online legal information for people in Ontario.
  • "Legal services in Ontario" describes and gives contact information for free or low-cost legal services in Ontario.
  • "Hiring and working with a lawyer" sets out some examples of when it is important to consult a lawyer. It also contains tips on interviewing a lawyer and discussing fee structures with a lawyer.
  • "Making referrals for legal services" outlines some things to consider when referring your clients to legal services.

Or, you can download the full kit in English.

For versions of some of our tip sheets in French, visit our Espace francophone.

Last updated in April 2019