Legal & Advocacy Services
Serve adults who require assistance in decision-making through protection of their legal rights, financial interest and personal care interests. As well, manage estates and beneficiaries of those with no administrator.
Offers assistance with two areas of law: Family and Poverty Law. The Family Law Advocacy program assists clients in a range of family law issues, such as court orders, custody, and divorce. The Poverty Law Advocacy program provides a range of services including Residential/tenancy issues and Employment standards.
For issues that go beyond the scope of this program (such as criminal, family law, or major civil issues), the Poverty Law Advocate provides referrals to appropriate resources.
Funding for this program is provided by the Law Foundation of British Columbia.
Provides legal information and representation services for some persons with low income.
The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia and operated by the Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Branch (CBABC). The LRS program enables the public to access lawyers and provides the opportunity to have a consultation with a lawyer for up to 30 minutes for a fee of $25 plus taxes.
Lawyers voluntarily join the service so not all lawyers in British Columbia are registered on the LRS program. After the consultation, the fees to be charged are strictly between the lawyer and the client. The lawyer is not obliged to accept the applicant’s case and the applicant is under no obligation to retain the lawyer.
The Office of the Seniors Advocate (OSA) monitors and analyzes seniors’ services and issues in B.C., and makes recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues.
The OSA was established in 2014 and is the first office of its kind in Canada.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is the central agency in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on such matters as mass marketing fraud (e.g., telemarketing), advance fee fraud (e.g., West African letters), Internet fraud and identification theft complaints.
Hours of operation
9:00 am – 4:45 pm
Nidus has helped thousands of people make Representation Agreements and learn how to protect themselves — by putting legal plans in place for incapacity, end-of-life and other support needs.