New site puts B.C. residents in charge of their own legal issues

Keyboard with justice scales button. (Photo: iStock)
MyLawBC can guide users through four main areas of law: divorce; abuse; foreclosure; and estate planning. (Photo: iStock)

Navigating Canada’s legal system can be a confusing and expensive experience. At Findlaw.ca, we try and make “legal-ese” more accessible and easier to understand with our articles and blogs. Now a new site in British Columbia is going several steps further in helping residents access legal self help for their particular issue.

MyLawBC.com was recently launched by the Legal Services Society, which is responsible for providing legal aid throughout the province. Rather than simply looking up terms and information, the site uses interactive pathways to help readers navigate a solution to their problem.

According to LSS CEO Mark Benton, “More Canadians believe aliens have visited the Earth than believe the justice system is fair.”

Currently, MyLawBC can guide users through four main areas of law: divorce and separation; abuse and family violence; foreclosure; and wills and estate planning.

For example, if you are planning on leaving your spouse, you can use the site’s Dialogue Tools to create a safety plan as well as separation plan, both which can be used when the time comes.

As the tagline for the site suggests, “My Problem. My Solution,” access to justice in British Columbia is taking a bold step out of the courts and lawyers’ offices, allowing residents to be the champions of their own legal issues.
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