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Young Bar of Montreal holding legal helpline on Nov. 28-29

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 10:33 AM | By John Chunn

The 35th edition of the Young Bar of Montreal’s (YBM) Legal Helpline will be held Nov. 28-29. During this weekend, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., volunteer lawyers will be taking phone calls in order to provide free legal advice to Quebecers as well as provide information on the various dispute prevention and resolution processes available to them.

“We are holding this 35th edition at the end of November in order to remain active for the Quebec population. Particularly during these uncertain times imposed by the global pandemic, we will provide free legal advice to help and inform citizens about their rights and obligations in addition to informing them about alternative dispute prevention and resolution processes to their legal questions,” said Mylène Lemieux, president of the YBM in a press release.

The number to call is 1-844-779-6232.

The YBM offers this free service in partnership with the Barreau du Québec and the Centre d’accès à l’information juridique (CAIJ). This service is also made possible due to the support of more than a hundred volunteer lawyers and notaries from across the province. In the past four years, this initiative has made it possible to respond to nearly 2,500 calls from citizens on average per edition. The most frequently asked questions are related to contracts, family law, neighbourly relations, consumer goods and management of estates.

“Access to justice is a priority for the Barreau du Québec. We are happy to support an activity that helps meet the needs of people in the area of justice,” said the president of the Barreau du Québec, Paul-Matthieu Grondin. “I am proud of our partnership with the YBM's annual Call-in Legal Clinic and thank all the young members of our profession who contribute to its success  through their volunteer participation.”

“For the third consecutive year, the CAIJ is proud to be a partner of the YBM Call-in Legal Clinic. This collaboration is perfectly in line with our mission, which is to promote the accessibility of legal information, regardless of the geographic location and type of practice of our members. We are therefore present for this new edition and are making our infrastructure and information resources available to support volunteer lawyers, who in turn support the public,” said Nancy J. Trudel, executive director of the CAIJ.