Legal advice services
Luke's Place connects women to family law lawyers for free summary legal advice through our Legal Clinic.
For women throughout Ontario
Who can use the Clinic?
You can use our Legal Clinic if you are a woman who:
- Has experienced violence or any form of abuse in your relationship
- Has a family law legal issue for which you wish to receive summary legal advice (e.g. parenting arrangements, financial arrangements, safety concerns)
- Does not have a lawyer for the legal issue(s) you wish to discuss
Services offered by the Legal Clinic
During your summary legal advice appointment, you can receive:
- Valuable summary legal advice from a lawyer on family law issues, like arrangements for children, child support exclusive possession of the matrimonial home and restraining orders. Summary legal advice means that the lawyer will provide an opinion of steps you should take and/or how the law will apply in your circumstances based on the facts of your situation. The lawyer will suggest steps you can take for your case, such as what you should ask for from the court and what evidence you will need
- General legal information about the law and court procedure, including information on how to serve documents and some of the rules governing family law
- Help with completing legal forms and documents
- Help preparing for court
It is important to understand that the lawyers through our Legal Clinic CANNOT provide legal representation. Legal representation is when the lawyer speaks for you in court and to your ex-partner and/or your ex-partner’s lawyer.
If your legal issue is time-sensitive, we may be able to accommodate a clinic appointment relatively quickly where you have explained the reason for the urgent request when contacting us.
About the Lawyers
All of the lawyers at our Legal Clinic are lawyers who practice family law. These lawyers come from across the province and may not be located in the same jurisdiction as you.
Our lawyers are experienced and trained on the issues women deal with when they leave an abusive partner.
How to access our legal advice services
If you live in Durham Region and are already connected to one of our Legal Support Workers, your worker can connect you to our Legal Clinic.
If you have a support worker in your local community, this support worker can facilitate the scheduling of an appointment by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-728-0978 ext 221.
Legal Clinic appointments will proceed virtually by web-based video conferencing or telephone for women outside of Durham Region. Women in Durham Region will have the option of attending appointments virtually or in person at our Oshawa office location at 707 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa.
How to prepare for your appointment
A legal support worker will assist you with your clinic appointment. She will:
- support you to prepare for the meeting with the lawyer
- attend the meeting to take notes for you
- help you follow through on the next steps in your case after the meeting
For women outside of Durham Region who do not currently have a support worker, a support worker from our organization can support you in accessing the Legal Clinic and connecting you with services in your local community for ongoing support.
For Women in Durham Region
In addition to having access to our Legal Clinic as described above, if you reside in Durham Region and have just received an emergency order from the court, you may be able to receive limited-scope legal services from a staff lawyer to help you prepare for the return court date of the motion. A staff lawyer can provide you with legal advice, support preparing a reply or updating affidavit and legal representation on your return court date. This service is time-limited, with the lawyer only being able to assist you up to and including on the return date for your motion.
You may be able to access this service if you are a woman who:
- Has experienced violence or abuse in your relationship
- Has just been granted an emergency/ex parte order from the court
- Does not have a lawyer
For more information on your eligibility for this service or for more information, please call us at 905.728.0978 ext. 235 or toll-free at 1.866.516.3116 ext. 235, or email us at email@example.com.
We use the term women to include all self-identified women (including two-spirited, cisgender or transgender women) 16 years of age and older.