Find legal assistance in Alberta

Legal aid is available if you can’t afford to pay for a lawyer, if you qualify.

Overview

Legal assistance is available to you through several organizations and can include:

  • legal advice and brief services
  • document drafting and review
  • negotiation, coaching and research
  • attendance at settlement meetings
  • connection to other legal services
  • referral to a lawyer
  • help filling in court forms

Legal Aid Alberta

Legal Aid Alberta can provide you with quality, effective legal advice and representation for criminal and family matters that enables you to resolve your legal issues, if you meet their eligibility guidelines.

For more information, contact Legal Aid.

Concerns and complaints

If you have a concern or complaint about Legal Aid Alberta services or decisions, send an email to clientconcerns@legalaid.ab.ca.

If you’re detained or arrested in Alberta

If you're in this situation, no matter what your financial standing is, you can get immediate access to legal advice from Legal Aid Alberta by calling their Brydges Program.

Available 24-7
1-866-458-5500 (toll-free)

Other legal advice organizations in Alberta

The following are some organizations in Alberta that offer legal aid services.

Find a lawyer

If you don't qualify for legal aid services, the Law Society of Alberta can help you find a lawyer.

Make a complaint about a lawyer

To make a complaint about a lawyer, call the Law Society of Alberta:

8 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
1-800-661-9003 (toll-free)

Self-representation in court

Before you decide to handle your own case, you should at least have an initial interview with a lawyer.

Resolution and Court Administration Services can provide you with information and assistance about court matters and disputes.

You can access legal resources, reference, research and referral services through Alberta Law Libraries.