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 Finding Legal Assistance feature on the Law Society of Saskatchewan's website. You can restrict your search by geographical location, area of law, languages spoken, service models and pricing and payment models. You can also check the yellow pages of your local phone book under “Lawyers”, search online directories, or ask friends and family for recommendations.
When you choose service models you can select options such as limited scope retainers or legal coaching. Using these types of services can be less expensive than full representation by a lawyer. if you are able and willing to take on some the work yourself.
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 pblsask.ca or call 1-855- 833-7257 (Toll Free).
The Law Society has a pilot project that allows certain non-lawyers to perform some specific legal tasks. For more information visit The Limited Licence Pilot Project.