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How to get Legal Advice without Breaking the Bank


Wed Jan 23, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
90 mins


Toronto Reference Library
Hinton Learning Theatre

Many people who are involved in lawsuits know that they need to hire lawyers to help them. However, due to the huge costs, many are choosing to represent themselves instead.

Currently, there are some very useful legal information websites that are free to the public. Despite this, most people recognize they still need to have individual assistance and advice from in-person consultations with lawyers.

One type of live, in-person legal help can be found in legal clinics. Some are located right in court houses. Others are specialized clinics which offer services in specific subject areas, such as family, business etc. I will give examples of these.

Secondly, lawyers are beginning to offer what is known as "unbundled services" or "limited scope retainer" or "limited scope" services. This type of service means that lawyers can help you for discrete parts of your lawsuit. This kind of service is supported by the Law Society of Ontario. It is also acknowledged in the rules governing lawsuits, and in the rules governing the legal profession.

Heather Hui-Litwin (Ph.D., J.D., LL.M.) will give a talk on how to hire a lawyer this way, so that no one needs to go to court without any help. Heather was a self-represented litigant herself, before becoming a lawyer. She is the co-founder of a group of lawyers, the Self-Rep Navigators ( She will explain how to get legal advice, including how limited scope can help you with your lawsuit.

All are welcome, no registration required.

Part 1 in a 3-part series of Legal Presentations at the Toronto Reference Library:

1. How to get Legal Advice without Breaking the Bank
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 6:30-8:00pm
Hinton Theatre (3rd Floor)

2. Who Does What in the Legal System?
Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 2:00-4:00pm
Beeton Hall, Main Floor

3. What to Expect in a Civil Lawsuit: Overview of the Legal Process
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 6:30-8:00pm
Hinton Theatre (3rd Floor)