Monday, May 12, 2008

New Legal Information Online Update

* PovNet is an online resource for advocates, people on welfare, and community groups involved in anti-poverty work. Their home page has recently been redesigned to highlight the most popular key issues of their readers, such as Applications and Forms and Find an Advocate .

* Legal Services Society provides legal aid in BC, and has also redesigned their website. One new feature is a page for community worker resources, with a link to LSS workshops and conferences.

* Planned Lifetime Advocacy (PLAN) is a not-for-profit charity created by and for families who have a relative with a disability. Their goal is "to ensure a safe and secure future for your relative with a disability and, in the process, to provide you and your loved ones with peace of mind." PLAN now offers two online workshops : Wills, Trusts and Estates Online, and Home is Where the Heart is, which explores the different home options available for a relative with a disability.

Two new resources featured on the BC Courthouse Library website's What's New section:

* The Canadian Human Rights Commission has published a list of questions and answers about section 13 (communication of hate messages by phone or Internet) of the Canadian Human Rights Act.

* The Law Society of BC has released two new Task Force Reports:
- Report of The Family Law Task Force (PDF, 25 pages). The Task Force proposed that a best practices guideline for professionalism in family law should be created.

- Report of the Unbundling of Legal Services Task Force (PDF, 51 pages). "Unbundling" refers to a situation where a lawyer provides limited scope services to a client, such as help with drafting documents, coaching or limited court appearance, rather than full representation. Unbundling of legal services can be a way for many people who represent themselves in court to get legal advice.

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