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Looking for legal information? Puzzled by the maze of legal resources in Nova Scotia and don't know where to start? We'll help you navigate! Call our Legal Information Line at 1 800 665-9779 or 902-455-3135 to get free legal information.…


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On Monday October 19th 2015, Canadians will vote in a federal election.  The rules for federal elections are in the Canada Elections Act. You have the right to vote in a federal election if you are a Canadian citizen who will be at least 18 years old on or before Monday October 19th, 2015.…


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family Going to court on your own, without a lawyer, is called representing yourself. There are things you can do to help yourself to prepare and present your case.…


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LISNS is extremely grateful to our wonderful volunteers for all of the incredible work that they do for us. Without our volunteers, we wouldn't be able to do what we do! Sarah-Jo Briand has been a valued volunteer with LISNS since the spring of 2015.…


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time limitTime limits for starting a civil lawsuit in Nova Scotia have changed. Nova Scotia's new Limitation of Actions Act is in force as of September 1, 2015.…



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