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Family law Word forms now available

A few years ago, we took down our Word versions of many court forms as they had been replaced by new official PDF court forms from the government. However, we heard that people missed the Word versions and so we decided to bring them back. There are now 23 new and improved Supreme Court family law forms in Word format available on our Family Law in BC website. You can find these forms on our Court Forms page; they are also linked to anytime that those forms are mentioned on the site.

Over the last few months, we’ve created, refined, and tested these forms. They can be used in a range of family law cases, including divorces, changing child support, or changing parenting. These forms all go a step beyond being just forms; included with each of these forms are instructions and tips that help you fill out the form quickly and correctly. Some of the more complicated forms also have additional, more detailed instructions and tips.

These forms were created with funding from The Law Foundation.

Hot off the press – For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Family Law Protection Orders

forYourProtectionBack in stock: our popular booklet, For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Family Law Protection Orders, is again available from Crown Publications. We’ve reprinted both the English and the Punjabi versions with minor improvements: we’ve added information about the court forms needed for a protection order and also that Supreme Court fees can sometimes be waived. For Your Protection explains how and when people can apply for peace bonds and family law protection orders, and what the differences are between them. The booklet is also available in Chinese (simplified and traditional) and French (online only).

Parents’ Rights, Kids’ Rights is now online-only

pub_thumbnail_PRKRWe’ve run out of print copies of Parents’ Rights, Kids’ Rights. This booklet was developed for advocates and intermediaries and provides comprehensive information about child protection law in BC. You can still read the online PDF on our website. You can download it to your computer for easy access.

If you want to print out a page for your client to take home and refer to, select that page in your printer settings.

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If you need a publication to give out to your clients who are experiencing a child protection legal issue, If Your Child is Taken: Your Rights as a Parent is a smaller, more client-friendly next-step guide. This brochure is available to order in print from Crown Publications.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email us at publications@lss.bc.ca.

Hot off the Press – Defending Yourself booklets

Comment vous défendreBack in stock! We’ve reprinted four booklets in the new Defending Yourself series: Breach of a Court Order, Mischief, Possession of an Illegal Drug, and Possession of Property Under $5,000 Obtained by Crime.

These redesigned publications replace booklets from the What to Do If You Are Charged series. 

Atira releases an Aboriginal focussed book

Atira Women’s Resource Society has released a new publication, Your Rights on Reserve: A Legal Tool-Kit for Aboriginal Women in BC (PDF). The goal of Atira Women’s Resource Society is to end violence against women. They provide direct services to women in need and raise awareness on the issue.

Your Rights on Reserve is a legal toolkit for Aboriginal women, which explains their rights in plain language. This publication covers a range of topics, including:

  • taxation,
  • education,
  • family law,
  • relationship violence,
  • band membership, and more.

This publication is available online and in print.

Running out of print copies of Surviving Relationship Violence and Abuse

Surviving Relationship Violence and AbuseSurviving Relationship Violence and Abuse was written for advocates and community workers so they could help their clients understand their legal rights with respect to relationship abuse. We’re about to run out of printed copies of this booklet. With a tight print budget this year, we’re currently focused on printing publications that were written for clients, who often can’t access computers easily. Therefore, we plan to keep Surviving online for community workers to use as a reference. The online version is a searchable PDF, and pages can be printed to give to clients for information as needed.

Testing our publications for usability has shown that many clients struggle to use large, comprehensive booklets. That’s why we created (and recently translated) the Live Safe – End Abuse fact sheets. We’ve also just reprinted the small booklet For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Family Law Protection Orders. Please check these publications out and order them online from Crown Publications to give out to your clients.

If you have any comments, please email us at publications@lss.bc.ca.

Hot of the Press: Social Assistance on Reserve in BC

Social Assistance on ReserveWe have updated and reprinted our booklet Social Assistance on Reserve in BC. Reprinted for the first time since 2008, this booklet features a whole new look and revised, easy-to-read content.

This booklet explains in plain language:

  • who’s eligible for social assistance on reserve,
  • what benefits are available,
  • how to apply for benefits,
  • your rights and responsibilities while you’re on benefits, and
  • how to appeal a decision about your benefits.

The booklet also features a comprehensive “Who can help” section, with detailed information on where to find an advocate in communities throughout BC, where to get legal help and information, as well as other resources.

Hot off the press: Your Welfare Rights

Your Welfare RightsWe’ve reprinted our popular booklet Your Welfare Rights. There have been some changes to the law since the booklet was last printed in April 2012. These changes are highlighted and explained at the beginning of the booklet. Previous versions of the booklet and/or update insert should be recycled.

This booklet explains in plain language:

  • who can get welfare,
  • how to apply for welfare,
  • what benefits are available,
  • your responsibilities while on welfare, and
  • how to appeal a decision about your benefits.

The booklet also has detailed information on who can help you and where to get more information.

Hot Off the Press: Six New French Translations

LSS is committed to providing PLE publications in French for both our francophone community here in BC and, of course, for all French-speaking newcomers to BC.

We have six new French translations available: our new child protection publication, How to Get A Court-Appointed Lawyer for Your Child Protection Case, and five of our criminal law booklets. These include four titles in the new Defending Yourself series, meaning that all six booklets in this series are now available in French. The French version of Representing Yourself in a Criminal Trial was also re-translated to match the recent English revision.

All the new translations are available online (only) on our website.

Thank you to the Francophone Affairs Program in BC for funding these translations, made possible through the Canada–British Columbia Official Languages Agreement on French-Language Services.

See our website for a full list of all our French PLE publications.

Comment obtenir un avocat commis d’office pour votre dossier relatif à la protection de la jeunesse How to Get A Court-Appointed Lawyer for Your Child Protection CaseComment obtenir un avocat commis d’office pour votre dossier relatif à la protection de la jeunesse
How to Get A Court-Appointed Lawyer for Your Child Protection Case

Comment vous défendreComment vous défendre pour possession de biens criminellement obtenus d’une valeur de moins de 5 000 $

Defending Yourself: Possession of Property Under $5,000 Obtained by Crime

Comment vous défendre pour possession d’une drogue illicite
Defending Yourself: Possession of an Illegal Drug

Vous représenter vous-même lors d’un procès criminal

Comment vous défendre pour un méfait
Defending Yourself: Mischief

Comment vous défendre pour violation d’ordonnance du tribunal
Defending Yourself: Breach of a Court Order

Vous représenter vous-même lors d’un procès criminal
Representing Yourself in a Criminal Trial

 

 

 

Hot off the press: Family Law in BC: Quick Reference Tool translations

QRT translationsWe’ve translated this popular set of postcards into Chinese (simplified and traditional), Punjabi, and Spanish and made them available in print.

This set of postcards covers the key concepts of family law, while highlighting the changes due to the March 2013 Family Law Act. The tool is meant to provide a helpful overview before readers move on to more comprehensive resources.