As with most other services, finding a lawyer in your geographical area that can deal with your particular legal issue may involve some research.
You can search for lawyers using the "Find a Lawyer" feature on the Law Society of Saskatchewan's website. You can restrict your search by geographical location, area of law and languages spoken. You can also check the yellow pages of your local phone book under “Lawyers”, search online directories, or ask friends and family for recommendations.
The Law Society of Saskatchewan regulates the legal profession in Saskatchewan and sets standards that lawyers must meet in order to practice law. Lawyers advertise their services in phone books, online directories, targeted market campaigns, company websites and social media. In Saskatchewan, lawyers are not permitted to advertise that they are a “specialist” or “expert” in a particular area of law without a recognized certification.
Lawyers can, however, use advertising to highlight their particular skills and knowledge and help a potential client choose a good match for their particular legal matter. Similarly, if they have a preferred area of practice, or restrict their practice to certain areas, this also can be advertised.
Some lawyers offer free or low-cost first appointments. These appointments can help you decide how to proceed and whether you want to continue to work with that lawyer.
If you cannot afford a lawyer you may be eligible for Legal Aid. Legal Aid provides lawyers for very low income people with criminal or family law problems. Your legal problem must be in one of those two areas. You must either be receiving social assistance or have an income that falls within the Legal Aid guidelines. If your income is slightly above the cut-off, you may still qualify although you will be required to contribute to the cost of services.
If you cannot afford a lawyer and you do not qualify for Legal Aid, you may be able to get legal help through Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan. Visit their website at www.pblsask.ca or call 1-855- 833-7257 (Toll Free).
The Saskatchewan Legal Coaching and Unbundling Pilot Project also provides individuals with an alternative to traditional legal representation. The project allows clients to hire a lawyer to handle part of their case or deal with a specific issue, while keeping their legal costs down. Under the project some lawyers also offer legal coaching for unrepresented individuals.
Individuals can find details regarding whether a lawyer has a discipline history and whether any practice conditions have been imposed by the Law Society of Saskatchewan.