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Legal Briefs

Until 2010, these legal briefs provide examples of judgments pertaining to everyday situations. Beginning in 2012, they deal with various topics of general interest, such as rental issues, family law, human rights, civil liability, insurance, dealings between spouses and social aid. They are intended to inform and to prevent undesirable situations.


 


Legal Briefs 2018

  Month
Number
Legal brief
August - September
 07
Réal lives in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine and wants know whether he is financially eligible for legal aidThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Réal has been living in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine for close to 10 years and wants to get custody of his son Michel, who is 10 years old and lives with him.

Real has a yearly gross income of $32,050. He has $5,000 in the bank. 

He wonders whether he is financially eligible for legal aid. 

As of September 13, 2018, the Îles-de-la-Madeleine will be considered to be a remote region within the meaning of the Act respecting legal aid and the provision of certain other legal services. Therefore, as of then, those living in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine will benefit from a 20% increase in the financial eligibility thresholds for legal aid services.

To obtain free legal aid, Réal and his son must satisfy the following three conditions:


1-  Scale of annual (gross) income :
Gross income must not exceed the following amount for               One adult and one child: $32,064

2-  Scale of property owned:
The value of property owned must not exceed
$90,000, if the residence is owned
$47,500, if the residence is not owned


3-  Scale of liquidities:
The value of liquidities must not exceed                                   $5,000 for a family $2,500 for a single person

Based on the legal aid scale below for remote regions, Réal is therefore eligible for free legal aid, because his income is less than $32,064.


Class of applicant Annual maximum level
Single person $26 208 
Family comprised of:
- one adult and one child $32 064 
- one adult and two or more children $34 230 
-spouses without children $36 473 
- spouses with one child $40 809 
- spouses with two or more children $42 976


An applicant is a resident of a remote region if, upon submitting his application for legal aid, he has resided or, in the case of a legal person, has had its head office, for at least 6 consecutive months in any of the localities of Mistissini, Oujé-Bougoumou or Waswanipi or in a locality situated in any part of the territory of Québec extending north of the 51st degree of latitude, or in the territory of Côte-Nord extending east of Havre-Saint-Pierre to the eastern limit of Québec, including Île d’Anticosti, that is, since September 13, 2018, in the urban agglomeration of Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

Don’t hesitate to have your eligibility for legal aid evaluated by making an appointment at a legal aid office near you.

To find the contact information for your legal aid office, please visit our website at www.csj.qc.ca





Legal brief *
August - September  2018
Number  07
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* The information set out in this document is not a legal interpretation.
The masculine is used to designate persons solely in order to simplify the text.
June-July
 06
What is bullying?This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Bullying, also known as intimidation, is repeated behaviour that is intended to cause fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other forms of harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation or property: Bullying can be direct or indirect and can take place by physical, verbal or more
May
 05
Voluntary Disclosure ProgramThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
Perhaps you didn't fulfil all your obligations under the tax laws. For example, perhaps you failed to declare some income over the past few years. The voluntary disclosure program may allow you to rectify your tax situation.1

If your application more
April
 04
Voluntary depositThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
If you are having trouble paying your bills and your creditors are losing patience, voluntary deposit may be an interesting solution for you. It may allow you to avoid bankruptcy.

Voluntary deposit is dealt with in articles 664 and following of the Code of Civil Procedure of Québec.1&nbs
more
March
 03
Am I obliged to identify myself at the request of a police officer?This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
As a general rule, despite the existence of a moral and social duty on the part of every citizen to answer questions from a police officer and assist the police,1a person does not have the obligation to disclose their identity to a police officer. However, it is important to realize that more
February
 02
Acknowledgements of debtThis hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
In January 2015, Alex lends Rose, his co-lessee, an amount of $3,000 to help her buy a used car. “I’ll pay you back very soon,” she promises. No document is signed. Time passes and Rose seems to have forgotten her debt. 

In June 2016, Rose, who no longer has a car, is about to move out i
more
January
 01
Can I object to a notice of assessment?This hypelink opens a PDF file in a new window.
You’ve just received a notice of assessment or determination from the government indicating that you owe a significant amount of money. You are completely flabbergasted, because there is no way you owe that much. In fact, you provided all the required documents. There must be a mistake! The followin more
 
© Commission des services juridiques Création: Diane Laurin - 2017