1Legal Information Topics
We want to say thank you to all the seniors who've helped LISNS along the way.  Seniors make up almost 20 per cent of the Nova Scotia population and play an important role in families, workplaces, the volunteer sector and the economy.…


2LISNS Spotlight
heather3 The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia's Board, staff and volunteers are pleased to warmly welcome our new Executive Director, Heather de Berdt Romilly. Read on to find out about Heather's exciting vision for LISNS, and for enhancing access to legal information in Nova Scotia.…


3Legal News
Grandparents who apply to court for access to their grandchildren now have fewer legal hoops to jump through.  …


4New LISNS "Stuff"
Elder-abuse Check out this new online tool for healthcare professionals, offering basic information about elder abuse and laws aimed at protecting older adults from abuse. …



The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (or LISNS) is a charitable, not-for-profit organization. We have been providing Nova Scotians with easy to understand information and resources about the law for over 30 years.

LISNS' staff and volunteers believe easy access to information about the law is fundamental to a fair justice system. Quite simply, it's why and what we do!

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I turned to LISNS when my partner and I decided to move in together. He had three children, and I wanted to understand my rights and obligations as a step-parent. There was lots of information out there about divorce, custody, and access, but I could find nothing about my role as a new parental figure in the life of these children. I had personal, private – and important – questions, and nowhere to turn. I called the LISNS help line and got the answers I needed. Answers that enabled me to understand my situation and make better decisions as a result. Amelia, LISNS caller

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