When you go to your first legal aid appointment, you must bring documents to show your financial situation and, in some cases, your spouse’s financial situation too. It’s your responsibility to show you are financially eligible for legal aid. Your application can be refused if you're missing any documents.
Proof of income
You must bring documents to show your income and your spouse’s income from the year before you apply for legal aid, including:
- provincial and federal notices of assessment
- tax returns with supporting documents (for example, T4 and Relevé 5 slips, financial statements)
You must also bring documents to show your income for the current year.
|Person receiving Employment Insurance benefits||
|Person receiving last-resort financial assistance (social assistance)||
|Person receiving benefits from the SAAQ, CNESST, IVAC or other programs||
|Person receiving support payments (alimony)||
Certain amounts can be deducted from your income in calculating whether you’re eligible for legal aid. For example, support payments, childcare and expenses you pay because of a serious physical or mental disability can be deducted. You must bring all these documents to your appointment to show proof of your expenses.
Proof of savings and property
In addition to proving your income, you must also bring documents to show how much money you have saved and the property you and your spouse own.
You must bring recent statements for all your accounts, including:
- chequing account
- Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)
If you own a home, you must bring a copy of the municipal tax bill showing its value. You must also bring the most recent statement available showing the balance owing on your mortgage.
You must bring proof of your debts, such as your credit card statements.
Documents concerning your legal problem
You must also bring documents concerning your legal problem.
For example, if you received a document telling you to appear in court on a certain date, you should bring this.
The documents you need to bring depend on the type of legal problem.
If you have questions about which documents to bring to your appointment, you can call the legal aid office closest to you.
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.