Quebecers can receive free legal advice by phone this weekend

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Quebecers can receive free legal advice this weekend through the Jeune Barreau de Montréal’s 39th phone clinic, by calling 1-844-779-6232.

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From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, volunteer lawyers and notaries will be available to answer citizens’ questions on any legal topic.

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The organization says most of the questions asked during previous editions concerned family, relations between neighbours, consumption of goods, work and the management of estates.

The Jeune Barreau de Montréal has been offering this service twice a year since 2018. Last year, more than 4,000 calls from citizens were received.

In an interview, JBM president Alexandra Paquette noted that not all issues brought up during the free clinic are resolved immediately, but that callers will at least come away with possible solutions to their problems.

She added that while the organization’s offices are in Montreal, the phone line is open to all residents of Quebec, which can be practical for people who live far from major urban centres.

Since 1898, the JBM has brought together lawyers with 10 years or less of practice in Montreal. One of its objectives is to facilitate accessibility to justice, which partly explains the idea behind the legal clinic.