Legal advice, dispute prevention and resolution processes – The YBM’s Legal Helpline is here for the Quebec population

12 April 2021

In order to answer legal questions from the Quebec population, the Young Bar of Montreal’s (YBM) Legal Helpline is back for the 36th edition! On April 24th and 25th, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., volunteer lawyers will answer citizens’ questions by phone and provide 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 CAIJ.

 

A second edition that focuses on the prevention and resolution of disputes

Whether through conciliation or mediation, participatory justice is a good way to resolve several issues. These solutions also contribute to reducing backlogs in our legal system. Indeed, “a creative and participatory solution may be the best avenue to resolve a conflict, depending on the situation. Lawyers are business partners that can support and guide a person towards solutions that are tailored to their case. In an act to show solidarity, volunteers will therefore be available to provide information on the various methods of dispute prevention and resolution processes in addition to answering legal questions on April 24th and 25th, ” declares Mtre Mylène Lemieux, President of the YBM.

 

Call to learn about your rights, your obligations and the solutions that are offered to you in order to prevent and resolve your disputes. We’re here for you, free of charge!

WHAT: Legal Helpline

WHO: Young Bar of Montreal (YBM)

WHEN: April 24th and 25th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

HOW: 1 844 779-6232

 

Free legal service for the public

As the initiator of the project, the YBM offers this service twice a year as of 2018 with the support of more than a hundred volunteer lawyers from across the province, with the collaboration of the Young Bar of Quebec (YBQ) and the Association des Jeunes Barreaux de Région (AJBR). In 2020, more than 3,000 calls from citizens were received due to this initiative. The most frequently asked questions are related to family law, neighbourly relations, consumer goods, labour and management of estates.

 

“The Barreau du Québec is happy to once again join forces with the YBM’s Legal Clinic,” stated the president of the Barreau du Québec, Mtre Paul-Matthieu Grondin. “The Barreau supports participatory justice, which allows people to save time and money and the stress of a potential court appearance. In addition, participatory justice maximizes the chances of the parties obtaining a high degree of satisfaction in the resolution of their dispute.” “For the past five years, we have had the privilege of assisting the Young Bar of Montreal Call-in Legal Clinic, a great initiative. As a key ally of the legal community, the CAIJ makes it a point to share its information resources and infrastructure to support the lawyers who generously offer their time during the event.“ says Mtre Nancy J. Trudel, Executive Director of the CAIJ.

Access to Justice

Founded in 1898, the YBM consists of 5 000 lawyers with ten years or less of practice in Montréal; making it one of the largest associations of young lawyers in the world, in terms of numbers for one city. Its mission is twofold: Firstly, it ensures to defend and promote the interests of its members. Secondly, it provides pro bono consulting services and legal information to various segments of the population and organizes charitable activities. Overall, it aims to improve access to justice and to contribute to the collective well-being. The YBM provides several services to improve access to justice in the Québec population. For more information: www.ajbm.qc.ca.

 

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Source:
Joannie Tremblay
Communications and Public Relations Coordinator
Young Bar of Montreal

 

Information and interview:
France Gaignard
514-616-7705 – [email protected]

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