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Young Bar of Montreal to hold free legal helpline Aug. 29-30

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 9:28 AM | By John Chunn

The Young Bar of Montreal (YBM) announced that its Legal Helpline is back for the benefit of the people of the province of Quebec. On Aug. 29 and 30, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., volunteer lawyers and notaries will answer the public’s questions by phone and provide them free legal advice as well as information on the various methods of dispute prevention and resolution processes available to them. The YBM offers this free service in partnership with the Barreau du Québec and the Centre d’accès à l’information juridique (CAIJ).

“This edition aims to inform citizens about creative and participatory solutions to their legal questions. Lawyers aid and assist the parties in finding solutions to their disputes. We want to inform and advise citizens on various alternative methods of dispute prevention and resolution processes in order to direct them to the appropriate solutions when it applies to their dilemma,” said Mylène Lemieux, president of the YBM, said in a press release from the Barreau du Québec.

This particular Legal Helpline (1-844-779-6232) revolves around a participatory justice initiative by informing the population on several methods of dispute prevention and resolution processes. Also, the Quebec Bar Foundation is launching its Guide on Participatory Justice.

The YBM offers this service twice a year with the support of more than a hundred volunteer lawyers and notaries from across the province as a result of the unwavering collaboration with the Young Bar of Quebec and the Association des Jeunes Barreaux de Région. Over the past 10 years, more than 15,000 calls from citizens have been received as part of this initiative, an average of 1,500 calls per edition. The most frequently asked questions are related to family law, neighbourly relations, consumer goods, labour and management of estates.

“Citizens can count on lawyers to find a solution that is appropriate and satisfactory to their problem,” said Paul-Matthieu Grondin, Bâtonnier of Quebec. “More than 15 years ago, the Barreau du Québec was promoting ways of preventing and resolving disputes. We continue to support participatory justice as a primary avenue for access to justice with reduced time and cost.”

“As a legal information broker, we are pleased to share our infrastructure and information resources to support the volunteer lawyers attending the event,” said Nancy J. Trudel, executive director of CAIJ.