Separation and Divorce or Death of a Spouse: Property Division
Finding a lawyer
A lawyer can help you understand what your rights to property are when you separate or divorce your spouse, or when your spouse dies.
Law Society of Ontario
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has a directory of all lawyers who can practise law in Ontario. Make sure the lawyer you hire has experience with family law. The Law Society also has a Directory of Certified Specialists who focus on family law.
Visit the Law Society website at www.lso.ca and scroll down to "Find a Lawyer or Paralegal", or call them at:
Toronto area: 416-947-3300
The Law Society Referral Service is an online service that gives you the name of a lawyer in your area who can give you a free consultation for up to 30 minutes. You can ask for a lawyer who speaks your language,or a lawyer who accepts Legal Aid certificates. For more information on Legal Aid certificates, see What if I cannot afford a lawyer?
You can also call them on their crisis line if you cannot use the online service, for example, if you are in custody, in a shelter, or in a remote community without access to the internet. This line is available from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit www.findlegalhelp.ca or call:
Toll-free Crisis Line: 1-855-947-5255
Toronto area Crisis Line: 416-947-5255
Legal Aid Ontario
Legal Aid Ontario also offers a searchable directory of lawyers. You can search for family law lawyers by location and language. Go to www.legalaid.on.ca and click on "Finding a lawyer".