Community Legal Information helps Islanders understand the law and how to navigate the justice system. Our staff will give you the most current legal information possible, supporting you to make sound decisions in stressful situations.
People call us for information on many topics, including:
- Child support
- Company and commercial, including non-profit issues
- Buying property or renting
- Labour and employment
- Consumer protection
- Criminal law
- Human rights
- Power of Attorney
Every year, our staff helps over 3,000 people by telephone, email and in person. Additionally, we deliver public presentations and information sessions on various popular legal topics, and we maintain a number of legal information publications.
We can provide the information you need to make informed choices. If we find you need legal advice, our staff will help you access the Lawyer Referral Service.
Lawyer Referral Service
This service is available to anyone, regardless of income. It is designed to encourage you to seek legal advice early before your problems become complicated and expensive.
This referral is for information and general advice only. The lawyer cannot prepare documents or act as your representative within the consultation. The lawyer is not required to take your case and you do not have to hire the lawyer that you meet with. If you choose to have the lawyer do work for you after the consultation, and they agree, you must discuss the lawyer’s regular service fees.
How It Works
- Explain the type of problem you have. The Service will give you a referral to a lawyer on PEI.
- You arrange an appointment with the lawyer. With a referral from Community Legal Information, the lawyer will give you a consultation of up to 45 minutes for $25.00 plus HST.
- The lawyer will tell you whether they think you have a legal problem, what would be involved in addressing the issue, how long it should take to solve the problem, and about how much it will cost.
Some lawyers can communicate in French. Indicate your language preference to us when you call.
Please note the following:
- Most of our volunteer lawyers are in Charlottetown and Summerside.
- Community Legal Information and The Law Society of Prince Edward Island do not have a mechanism for testing the lawyer’s special skills and we do not make any representations as to these skills.
- The Lawyer Referral Service is not Legal Aid. You can find the information about Legal Aid on the PEI Government’s website.
Would your group like a presentation on a legal topic? Community Legal Information can provide speakers for meetings, schools, workshops and other events across PEI. Our staff members are knowledgeable in many areas of the law and skilled at presenting information in an accessible way and easy to understand. If needed, we will organize a local lawyer to present on a legal issue.
Some of the most popular presentation topics are:
- Family Law
- Family Violence and the Law
- Renting on PEI
- Moving to a Care Facility
- Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives
- Youth Criminal Justice
- Youth and the Law
We can present on other legal topics as requested.
Request a Presentation on a Legal Topic
Presentations for non-profit groups are free, but please consider donating as we are a non-profit charitable organization. For any donations over $20, you can receive a charitable tax receipt.
If you are seeking a presentation for a for-profit company, please contact us to inquire about our sliding scale of presentation rates.
Note that we need at least a three-week notice for a presentation—early notice is important due to the high demand and limited capacity.
Presentations are usually given to groups with 10 or more participants.
Community Legal Information Mailing List
If you are interested in what’s going on at Community Legal Information, look no more! Sign up to our low-volume mailing list, and we’ll keep you up to date with:
- News and announcements related to our organization and the services we offer,
- Notifications of new or updated legal information publications in various formats (print, website, videos, etc.),
- Information on upcoming public legal education and information events,
- Major changes in the laws related to most popular legal topics,
- And more!