Find Free or Low cost legal help in Nova Scotia

Services available include legal advice and representation, legal information, and help with resolving disputes without going to court.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, please call Legal Information Nova Scotia's free Legal Information Line at 1-800-665-9779 or 902-455-3135 and we will try to help.

Aboriginal Services

Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq

The mission of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq (CMM) is to proactively promote and assist Mi’kmaw communities’ initiatives toward self determination and enhancement of community.  The CMM has a number of plain language public legal education materials to help the Mi’kmaq understand their rights and responsibilities under the law, including:

1.  How to Write a Will
2.  How to Settle an Estate
3.  How to Write a Power of Attorney & Personal Directive


Address: 57 Martin Crescent Truro, NS B2N 6N7
Phone:  902-895-6385 or 1-877-892-2424

Areas of law: Wills and Estates law, Family law

Civil law (lawsuits, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal)

Copyright, Trademarks, Patents

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office is a federal government office that provides legal information and services on trademarks, patents, copyright, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies.


Areas of law: Intellectual Property.

Criminal law

Halifax Regional Police Victim Services Help with Applying for a Peace Bond

Individuals who wish to apply for a peace bond through the Provincial Court in Halifax and Dartmouth can get support from Halifax Regional Police (HRP) Victim Services. Victim Services volunteers will provide potential and current applicants with information on the application process, assistance to complete the application forms and ongoing emotional support.


Click here for Information about Peace Bonds and how to apply for one

Area of law: Criminal

Debt and Credit issues

Bankruptcy Assistance Program-Superintendent of Bankruptcy

If you are considering bankruptcy, you'll need the help of a licensed professional who administers the bankruptcy process, called a Licensed Insolvency Trustee (LIT). Licensed Insolvency Trustees are licensed by the federal Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy.

If you are unable to get an LIT to accept your file, or if you cannot afford to hire an LIT, the Bankruptcy Assistance Program may be able to help if you:

  • have contacted at least two LITs and tried to obtain their services
  • are not, and have not recently been, involved in commercial activities
  • are not required to make surplus income payments; and
  • are not in jail.


  • Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada
  • Phone: 1-877-376-9902
  • Website:

Areas of law: Credit and debt law, Bankruptcy law

Debtor Assistance Program, Service Nova Scotia

The Debtor Assistance Program helps people experiencing financial difficulty deal with their creditors. You can meet with a licensed administrator who will review your situation and discuss options. If appropriate, administrators can file consumer proposals under the federal Bankruptcy Act. A consumer proposal is a debt repayment plan that avoids bankruptcy and is legally binding on creditors, if accepted. Administrators cannot file bankruptcy applications (you need a licensed insolvency trustee for that).

This service is available at Access Nova Scotia offices.


Employment, Employment Insurance, Workers' Compensation

Labour Standards Nova Scotia

Labour Standards Division, NS Department of Labour & Advanced Education

The Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code applies to employers, employees (including foreign workers), and recruiters. The Labour Standards Division addresses inquiries and complaints from the public about how the provincial Labour Standards Code applies to specific employment situations. Complaints about potential violations of the Labour Standards Code must be filed within 6 months of the issue or incident occurring. If you file a complaint an officer will try to settle the dispute and, if the dispute does not settle, will investigate and issue a formal decision, if necessary. 

Labour Standards also has an online Guide to the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code


Area of law: Employment law

Employment Insurance Appeals

Nova Scotia Legal Aid provides information, advice and representation about Employment Insurance Appeals. To get start to finish help with your case (full representation) you must be getting income assistance or have an equally low income. Contact Legal Aid for information about help with an Employment Insurance issue.

Nova Scotia Legal Aid has online legal information about Employment Insurance Appeals


Areas of law: Administrative law, Employment Insurance

Information, advocacy, support on Workers' Compensation issues

Office of the Worker Counsellor

The Office of the Worker Counsellor offers information, advice, education and advocacy for injured workers, their representatives in the workplace and their family members on all aspects of workers’ compensation in Nova Scotia.


  • Address: Suite 220-3700 Kempt Road, Halifax, NS 
  • Phone : 902-455-5455 or 1 877-220-2722
  • Website:

Area of law: Workers' Compensation

Environmental Law

East Coast Environmental Law

East Coast Environmental Law

East Coast Environmental Law (ECELAW) is a non-profit organization that envisions a clean, healthy environment that is protected by the fair application of strong environmental laws. ECELAW was founded in 2007 with a mission to provide public access to environmental law information and advice, to promote the development and equitable application of progressive environmental laws, and to assist in the development of the next generation of lawyers who are committed to using the law to achieve environmental protection and sustainability. ECELAW provides a public inquiry service, partners with other environmental organizations, holds workshops, publishes citizen guides and research papers, and mentors environmental law students.

• Phone: 902-494-7121 (Environmental law Inquiry Service)
• Website:

Areas of law: Environmental issues including aquaculture, fur farming, migratory birds, protected areas

Family law


Lawyers in private practice: flexible fee options

Here are some things to ask about if you are looking for a lawyer in private practice and cost is an issue:

  • do you offer pro bono (free) help?
  • can you help me with just part of my case? Lawyers call this a "Limited Scope Retainer"
  • do you offer coaching for people who are representing themselves? Coaching is basically out-of-court strategic support
  • do you charge a flat fee for this type of work?
  • will you consider a contingency fee agreement?
  • what is your hourly rate?
  • can the lawyer wait to get paid once you get the money you are seeking (for example, spousal support, matrimonial property division).

Lawyer in private practice who are part of Legal Info Nova Scotia's Lawyer Referral Service offer an initial up to 30 minute consultation for no more than $20 plus tax.  The Lawyer Referral Service has information about what fee options Lawyer Referral Service members may consider after the intial consultation, including lower cost fee options like:

  • contingency fee arrangements
  • limited scope retainer
  • flat fees.

More Information about Finding a lawyer, and How lawyers charge for their work


Residential Tenancies (Service Nova Scotia)

Residential Tenancies (Service Nova Scotia)

The Residential Tenancies program, part of Service Nova Scotia, is the Nova Scotia government office that deals with residential landlord and tenant disputes. The Residential Tenancies program helps landlords and tenants understand their rights, and exercise those rights when necessary. They offer a range of services, including dispute resolution, residential tenancies forms and information booklets for both landlords and tenants.


Area of law: Residential Tenancies, for Landlords and Tenants

Condominium Dispute Resolution

Service Nova Scotia: Condominium Dispute Resolution

Service Nova Scotia offers information about condominium ownership, how condominium corporations are operated, what costs are involved in condominium ownership, and what to watch for when buying a new or existing condominium. They also offer ways for resolving disputes between condominium owners and condominium corporations - dispute resolution for minor disputes, and arbitration for other issues. There is a $124.60 fee to apply for dispute resolution.


Area of law: Condominium law

Income Assistance (Welfare)

Immigrants, Refugees

Atlantic Refugee and Immigrant Services

Atlantic Refugee and Immigrant Services Project (ARIS), Salvation Army

ARIS provides services to refugees and immigrants who cannot afford a lawyer. They offer help with the immigration process, including making refugee claims, citizenship applications, humanitarian and compassionate applications, and spousal sponsorship applications. They also provide assistance with finding temporary shelter, scheduling medical appointments, and more.

Service is provided at the Spryfield Community Church & Family Resource Centre.


Areas of law: Immigration, Refugee law

Halifax Refugee Clinic Advice and Representation

Halifax Refugee Clinic

The Halifax Refugee Clinic is a non-profit, non-government organization serving refugee claimants, refugees and people in need of protection in Nova Scotia. They provide free legal and settlement services to people who cannot afford the services of private legal counsel.


Area of law: Refugee law

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

Provides services to help immigrants settle in NS, as well as refugee resettlement, language training, employment services, business services, community connections, family counselling, and more.

ISANS is able to refer clients to outreach legal services offered at ISANS by:

  • Nova Scotia Legal Aid: family and social justice (income assistance, tenant rights, CPP, EI)
  • Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law Pro Bono: immigration applications
  • McInnes Cooper: business law services.

ISANS clients must be referred by ISANS staff to legal services available at ISANS. Arrive 15 minutes earlier to complete an application form and bring two documents-proof of income and ID such as Permanent Resident or citizenship card.

Nova Scotia Legal Aid provides legal information, summary advice and eligibility assessment at ISANS every 4th Wednesday of the month for ISANS clients, by appointment only. Family law only.

Dalhousie Schulich School of Law pro bono law students provide legal information and assistance with applications for permanent residency, citizenship, sponsorship.


  • Address: 6960 Mumford Road, Suite 2120, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3L 4P1
  • Phone: 902-423-3607 or 1-866-431-6472 (toll free in NS)

Areas of law: Immigration law, Family Law, Business Law, Social Justice (for example - income assistance, tenant rights).

Persons with a disability


reachAbility, a non-profit organization, has a legal referral service providing up to a one-hour consultation with a lawyer in the practice area in question.  reachAbility also runs Form Filling Assistance clinics, to offer help filling out legal forms. These clinics are open to everyone.


Areas of law: Insurance, wills, divorce and custody, education, tenancy, commercial, and CPP

Renseignements ou conseils juridiques en français

Access Justice Centre

L'Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE)

Pour obtenir de l’information en français ainsi qu’une liste des juristes d’expression française en Nouvelle Écosse, veuillez communiquer avec l’Association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE). L’AJEFNE est un organisme à but non lucratif fondé en 1994 pour promouvoir l’accès aux services juridiques pour la population acadienne et francophone de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

  • Address: 1663, rue Brunswick, Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse B3J 3Z6
  • Téléphone : (902) 433-2085, sans frais : 1-844-250-8471

Cliquez justice

Cliquez justice

Pour obtenir de l’information en français en ligne, consultez le site web est un portail canadien d’information juridique simplifiée qui aide à comprendre ses droits et obligations pour mieux gérer les situations juridiques du quotidien.

Wills, Power of Attorney, Personal Directives, other estate issues

Dalhousie Wills Project

Dalhousie Schulich School of Law Wills Project

The project allows low income seniors to meet with a lawyer, in the lawyer’s office or at a client’s home on request, to get a will, power of attorney, or personal directive done. To be eligible, you should have no real property interest (you do not own your home), have an income of less than $25,000 a year, have assets less than $65,000, and should be 65 years of age or older. Criteria are flexible, and those who fall outside the criteria may also use the service if resources permit.


  • Phone: 902-494-3704

Areas of law: Draft wills, Power of Attorney, and Personal Directive documents

Youth services