Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A Paralegal?
In Ontario, paralegals are regulated legal practitioners that are licensed by the Law Society of Ontario to provide legal services.
What Do Paralegals Do?
Paralegals provide legal services to the public, give legal advice and can represent clients in small claims court and all tribunals in Ontario. Paralegals are authorized to provide legal services within a defined scope of practice in legal areas such as:
- Provincial offences including highway traffic violations & municipal violations.
- Small claims court for claims valued of up to $25,000
- Minor criminal offences such as summary conviction offences with fines under $5000 & maximum 6 months imprisonment
- Statutory Accident Benefits claims
- All Administrative Tribunals such as the Landlord Tenant Board, Human Rights Tribunal, Ontario Labour Relations Board, License Appeal Tribunal
Why Should I Use A Paralegal?
In Ontario, paralegals exist to bridge the gap between costly legal fees and those who cannot afford to hire a lawyer or qualify for legal aid. Essentially our purpose is to level the playing field by giving people affordable access to justice.
Do I Still Need To Use A Lawyer?
It depends on your legal issue and the amount being claimed. In Ontario, licensed paralegals are not permitted to provide legal services in wills & estate, real estate, some family law such as contested divorce and intellectual property.