A millennial's guide to legal information
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
A Fellow Millennial