Request an Appointment

Please read the important information below and tell us about your problem in our client appointment form.

Request an Appointment

Please read the important information below and tell us about your problem in our client appointment form.

Attention: Computer use can be monitored and it is impossible to completely clear all data related to your computer activity, and there may also be safety concerns if someone is able to access your email account.

If you are concerned about safety, please use a safe computer such as a public terminal at a library or community organization, and ensure that your passwords are secure. If you have concerns about using your email please come to our office or phone us.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

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Thank you for your interest in Rise! We hope we can help you, but first, here is some important information:

We are currently only able to accept the following types of files:

  • family law matters (i.e. divorce, custody, protection orders, child and/or spousal support, property division, etc.)
  • wills drafting (but not litigation)
  • very limited immigration matters, mainly for mothers without status who may need H&C applications

We are not able to accept files regarding criminal defence, employment, human rights, civil litigation, or other areas of law at this time. We hope to continue to add to the services we offer, so please continue to check this website for updates.

Rise is a non-profit legal clinic and we are not connected with the Legal Services Society (i.e. government ‘legal aid’). You can find the location of a legal aid office online or by calling 604-408-2172 and 1-866-577-2525 toll-free. If you do not qualify for coverage through legal aid, or if you have depleted the hours you were given, Rise may be able to help. Our Case Manager may be able to help you determine if you are likely to qualify for government-funded Legal Aid.

• We try to help as many people as we can. However, no one has the right to our services. We have limited resources and an ongoing wait-list, and we will do our best.

• Rise is a teaching clinic. If we are able to help you, you will be served by a trained and supervised student clinician, not by a lawyer.

• Once you have met with a student clinician, we will make a determination about the type and level of assistance we are able to provide, from a referral to summary advice, to unbundled legal services, to full representation. There are certain matters that Rise is unable to offer assistance with, including any file where the supervising lawyer makes a determination that a law student cannot properly assist the client under the circumstances. These matters are assessed at Rise’s sole discretion.

• Because we are a teaching clinic, there are periods between semesters when there are no students available and we are not able to serve clients. These transition periods occur in April/May, August/September, and December each year.

• If you do not live in Vancouver, or if you live in Vancouver but have mobility issues which prevent you from coming to our office, we may be able to serve you by telephone or videoconference. Please indicate same on your request form, in the space where we ask about special needs and how we may accommodate them.

• If you don’t wish to meet with a student clinician, you are welcome to drop by and use our self-help computer and library to do online research and work on legal forms. We are located at 201- 456 West Broadway in Vancouver, and are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (except holidays).

You can fill the online form below and click the Send button to submit it online. If you need help, please call 236-317-9000.

  • Contact Information

  • (Please note that our office shows up on call display as WLC.)
  • *Please note that if Rise accepts your file, we will require documented proof of your income. We keep this information STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.
  • We ask you for this information for two reasons: (1) we want to be able to target specific resources that will serve you best, and (2) we are required to compile anonymous statistical info for reporting to our funders, However, we report general statistics only and we will NEVER give out any personal information about any of our individual clients.
  • Please note that the Law Society of BC requires all lawyers to obtain this information to ensure there is no professional conflict, but we will keep it absolutely confidential and we will never contact this person without your knowledge and consent.
  • * This stands for Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds applications, for immigrants without status living in Canada.
  • Family violence includes physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse.
  • Family violence includes physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse.
  • Please remember that Rise offers a range of service levels, from summary advice (a legal opinion only), to unbundled services (for example, a certain number of hours, or completion of specific tasks), to full representation, possibly including court appearance. The level of service we’re able to provide can only be determined after your initial intake appointment and is at the sole discretion of Rise.
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Questions?

Please email [email protected]
or call us at 604-451-7447

Download the form as a PDF

Complete our quick and easy online form or, if you prefer, click the button below to download the form in PDF format. You can print it and fill it by hand and send it to [email protected]lcentre.ca.

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