Legal aid

Legal assistance

Legal aid – legal assistance if you can’t afford to pay for a lawyer – is available to those who qualify.

What's important to know

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

  • legal advice and / or 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

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

If you can’t afford a lawyer

Contact one of these organizations to see if you’re eligible for their services:

Legal Aid Alberta

They can provide you with quality, effective legal advice and representation that enables you to resolve your legal issues – if you meet their eligibility guidelines.

General info

1-866-845-3425 (toll-free)
8:30 am-4 pm
Open Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri

8:30 am-2:30 pm
Open Wed

Detained or arrested in Alberta

If you're in this situation – no matter what your financial standing is – get immediate access to legal advice by calling the 24-7 toll-free Brydges Program.

This phone number is posted in police stations and correctional facilities across the province.

Concerns and complaints

If you have a concern or complaint about Legal Aid Alberta services or decisions:


Calgary Legal Guidance

They may be able to provide you with free legal advice.

Edmonton Community Legal Centre

They can offer you free legal advice and representation if you're a low-income Edmontonian with a specific civil law issue.

Law Information Centres (LInC)

Help with representing yourself in court or in a legal matter.

Law Society of Alberta Referral Service

They can refer you to a lawyer who'll provide you with 30 minutes of free legal advice.

Student Legal Assistance (Calgary)

They may be able to provide you with free legal advice.

Student Legal Services of Edmonton

They may be able to provide you with free legal advice.

2015 Review

The Alberta government is reviewing legal aid services.

The review will identify how best to provide legal aid services to Albertans in a cost-effective manner that ensures the services are available for years to come.

Learn more