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Legal woes taking toll, report says

Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Kim Arnott

Everyday legal problems — from getting divorced, to fighting eviction notices, to disputing cell phone bills — cost Canadians about $7.7 billion a year.

But the physical, emotional and psychological consequences of these problems are also estimated to cost society about $800 million a year in healthcare and social services payments.

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ) has released a report analyzing data gathered from more than 3,000 Canadians through extensive phone surveys that asked them about their experiences with legal problems.

The results highlight...