- Landlord not conducting normal repairs?
- Is your apartment too cold?
- Being told to leave your apartment on short notice?
- Do you have asbestos?
- Landlord entering your apartment at odd times?
Free Legal Information
The Legal Information at Clinic offers free legal information to its clients following the policies and procedure below.
Areas of law
The LICM can answer questions in almost all areas of Québec law; we do NOT take cases involving criminal law, tax law, and construction. We can however refer you to other services that may better serve your needs. Feel free to consult the References section of our website for a list of these organizations.
We might be able to help you with more than you think
Our Legal Information department provides information about the following topics, and more:
- Trying to figure out how to stay in Canada after you graduate?
- Want to know the process for sponsoring a family member to Canada?
- Had an issue being detained at the border?
- Needing to know about the validity in Quebec/Canada of foreign marriages?
- Seeking to contest a ticket?
- Needing to know about your language rights in court?
- Interested in incorporating a non-profit organization?
- Need to know the different legal forms a McGill club can take?
- Want to know what is the validity of non-competition clauses in an employment contract?
- Need to know what the valid grounds for dismissal are?
- Requiring help finding options in case of workplace harassment and/or discrimination?
- Looking for the process to commence a divorce?
- Need to know how child custody is decided?
- Seeking help regarding the criteria for child and/or spousal support?
- Curious about the legal status of common-law/de facto spouses?
The LICM can provide information only, not advice
According to section 128 of the Act Respecting the Barreau du Québec, only lawyers and notaries can provide legal advice or counsel. Staffed by law students, and not lawyers, the Legal Information Clinic at McGill is not able to provide any legal advice but is pleased to offer free legal information to its clients. If you need legal advice or representation, we can refer you to organizations that may better serve your needs. Feel free to consult the References section of our website for a list of these organizations.
LICM volunteers cannot answer your questions off the top of their head
All volunteers at the Clinic are law students who have yet to write the bar exam. Therefore, to ensure quality of service, all of our answers must be researched and verified by a Director. This means the volunteer will need to take some time to do research after hearing about your situation, and cannot answer off top of his or her head. He will call you back once his research is completed and verified. This process may take up to a week. If you need urgent help, we can refer you to an organization that can provide you with assistance, faster. Feel free to consult the References section of our website for a list of these organizations.
How we operate
The Legal Information Clinic serves most of its clients by phone. During your first call to the Clinic, a volunteer will only be taking down your contact information to add you to our waiting list. Within the next three to five days, a volunteer will be assigned to your file and will call you back to hear about your situation and narrow down your legal questions. During this call, the volunteer will ask you to hold while s-he speaks with a Director to ensure s-he has all the information necessary to proceed with research. After speaking with you, the volunteer will carry out the necessary research and verify the quality of the answer they prepare with a Director. This may take up to one week. Once the research is completed, the volunteer will call you back with an answer.
Is it possible to meet with a volunteer in person?
While it is possible to make an appointment to meet with one of our volunteers in person, people wishing to get information quickly should note that it is faster to proceed by phone than by in-person appointment. You should expect a one to two week delay from the time you call us or drop by to make an appointment to the time of your appointment itself. Such appointments are limited to 30 minutes.
During your appointment, an LICM volunteer will ask you about your situation and will work to narrow down your legal questions. S-he will then ask you to wait while s-he speaks with a supervisor to ensure s-he has all the information necessary to proceed with research. After this meeting, the volunteer will carry out the necessary research and verify the quality of the answer they prepare with a Director. This may take up to one week. Once the research is completed, the volunteer will call you back with an answer.