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A millennial's guide to legal information

by Kimberly Cura

In September 2017, The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) undertook a comprehensive study of Ontario millennials in an effort to better understand their legal needs and their perceptions of the justice system. After conducting a survey on a representative sample of 1,000 respondents aged 18 to 36, TAG released its report, Millennials, Technology and Access to Justice in Ontario, in October 2017.

According to the report, 48% of respondents thought that it would be difficult to find information that would assist them in solving a legal problem, with 6% saying that it would be “very difficult”. If you are a millennial and would tend to agree with these responses, look no further – here is a list of online resources that might change your mind.

  1. Steps to Justice is a free, easy-to-navigate website run by Community Legal Education Ontario which outlines general information about a variety of legal topics, including housing law, human rights, and employment law.
  2. The Law Society of Ontario has a section on its website specifically for the public. It includes an online Lawyer and Paralegal Directory and an information guide on Handling everyday legal problems.
  3. The Canadian Bar Association also has a section on its website for the public, which contains general legal information and a search engine that allows you to search for a lawyer by name, location, area of practice, and preferred language.
  4. If you want information about the civil court system, the Ministry of the Attorney General website is an excellent resource on court procedures, filing fees, and appeals.
  5. Legal Aid Ontario provides legal assistance for individuals whose income falls below a certain threshold. In addition to information on how to get started with Legal Aid, its website also provides links to helpful publications and resources on a variety of legal issues.

Finally, law firm blogs like ours aim to deliver general information as well as commentary on a variety of legal issues arising within a firm’s practice areas.

While the above resources serve as a useful starting point, they are no substitute for legal advice that caters to your unique situation. Please do not hesitate to contact a lawyer for assistance.

Good luck,
A Fellow Millennial

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