Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

March 17, 2011 10:00 ET

Law Society Uses Video to Help Ontarians With Everyday Legal Needs

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) -

Editors Note: There is a video associated with this release.

The Law Society has launched the final digital video in its Your Law series, exploring the common legal issues members of the public often face and the benefits of hiring a lawyer or licensed paralegal to help in these situations.

The first five videos in the series look at working with a lawyer when buying or selling a house, writing a will and creating a power of attorney, dealing with personal injury, custody and child support, as well as alimony and jointly owned property. The newest video demonstrates how a paralegal can help people in small claims court or with a traffic offence.

The Law Society created the series in response to the growing number of people looking for online assistance in navigating the legal system. "From our research, we are aware that Ontarians have civil legal needs that are not always being met," says Malcolm Heins, the Law Society's chief executive officer. "We want to show people how they can get help with the types of legal issues that arise in their day-to-day lives and also make the public aware that lawyers and paralegals are more affordable than people may think."

The complete video series is available on YouTube, as well as the Law Society's website.

"I think the use of online video makes it easier for members of the public to understand the various ways they can access the justice system and the latest video underlines the value of licensed paralegals in improving access to legal services," says Cathy Corsetti, the chair of the law society's Paralegal Standing Committee.

"Online videos are one of the tools we can use to better inform people of the different legal options available to them as evidenced in the Listening to Ontarians study," adds Heins.

The study, which outlines challenges people often encounter when seeking legal representation, suggests the Internet can help play a role in making justice more widely accessible.

"Technology holds great promise in expanding the reach of affordable legal information, advice and representation," the report states.

Listening to Ontarians was drafted as part of the Ontario Civil Legal Needs Project, a joint initiative of the Law Society, Legal Aid Ontario, and Pro Bono Law Ontario, with support from the Law Foundation of Ontario.

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a mandate to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

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  • Law Society of Upper Canada
    Lisa Hall
    Communications Manager