Legal Assistance

Legal help for business issues can be very expensive so we have pulled together this list to help you get started. Use this section to get started on your own legal research or to get a handle on some of resources available to you before you need to go to the pros.

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Getting Started

Here are three excellent resources that can help you with the nuances of navigating the law and government business compliance. They cover topics such as registering your business, obtaining required permits and licenses, and protecting your intellectual property. For more information check out the 'Starting a Business' section of the Government of British Columbia website.

  • ClickLaw
    Operated by Courthouse Libraries BC and funded by the Law Foundation of BC. This site provides valuable legal information, education and help for British Columbians. It offers comprehensive guides on starting a business, incorporation, protecting your intellectual property, and much more.
  • BizPaL
    Managed by a partnership involving governments at the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal levels.This is the one-stop website to assist Canadian businesses that are just starting up, or expanding into new areas. BizPaL asks you a short series of questions about the nature and scope of your current or proposed business. Based on your answers, BizPaL provides you with a customized list of government permits and licenses that you may require to operate your business. All of the information that you provide is kept anonymous, and you may save or print your results for future reference.
  • OneStop Business Registry 
    Created by the BC Registry Services, this site offers comprehensive information on starting a business in BC. Includes integrated business registration, business name search, incorporation, business address change, and liquor licensing services.The business registration service enables a business to register with multiple public sector agencies and local government in one step.

Small Business Guides

For Non-Profits

  • PLEI for Non-Profits
    PLEI for Non-Profits is a resource site for BC's non-profit sector. Here you will find public legal education and information (PLEI) on critical aspects of non-profit business e.g. governance, employment, leasing, compliance and privacy.  
  • Legal Help for Non-Profit Organizations
    This guide is from Access Probono website.

Working with Lawyers

  • Working with a Legal Aid Lawyer
    From the Community Legal Assistance Society website. This publication is designed to help you effectively work with your legal aid lawyer and maintain a positive relationship.
  • A Guide to a Successful Interview With a Lawyer
    Created by the Community Legal Assistance Society website, this publication will help you organize and prepare for your interview with a lawyer so that you can use the time more effectively and save money.
  • Doing Business - Law Library
    Created by World Bank Group, this site offers a comprehensive listing of business regulations in across 189 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level. The Law Library allows you to easily customize your search.
  • Lawyer Referral Service (BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association
    Need help finding a BC lawyer? Try this referral service for 25$.

 Acts & Codes

Free Services

The Business Law Clinic at the Allard School of Law was established in January, 2016 and provides segments of the business community, who have limited means, with access to legal services. The Clinic also provides law students with valuable client-facing experience.

  • University of Victoria (UVic) Business Law Clinic
    The Business Law Clinic (BLC) at the University of Victoria provides legal information on matters that include things like Incorporation, Financing, Charitable Registration, Intellectual Property Protection, Shareholder Agreements, Franchise Agreements, Partnership Agreements, Contracts, Business Liability, Employment Law, Government Regulation, Taxation and other topics.

  • BC Courthouse Library
    It provides legal information services to the legal community and the general public of British Columbia. Their toll free number is 1.800.665.2570.

  • Dial-A-Law
    This is a library of free legal information prepared by lawyers. The program is funded by the Law Foundation of BC and operated by the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch. It is available by phone, as recorded scripts, at 604.687.4680 in the lower mainland or 1.800.565.5297 elsewhere in BC and by audio and text, on the CBA BC Branch website.