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: This form will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. 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 in danger, 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.

Click here to read important information prior to filling out our online form

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)
  • child protection matters
  • 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, 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 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 limited 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.

• Rise is not connected with the Legal Services Society (i.e. government ‘legal aid’). If you want to apply for legal aid and receive assistance with family, criminal, or immigration matters, 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, we may be able to help.

• Because we are a teaching clinic, there are periods (approximately 4-to-6-weeks) between semesters when there are no students here at all and we are not able to serve clients; in addition, the first 3 weeks of every semester are an intensive training period for our incoming student clinicians, during which we are also unable to see clients.

• 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.

• 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. 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; or you can also download the form in a PDF format and fill it by hand.

  • Contact Information

  • (Please note that our office shows up on call display as WLC.)
  • Accessibility Needs

  • (Please note that we try our very best to fulfill requests for physical accommodation, translation services, and other arrangements, but we may not always have the resources to do so. Thank you for understanding.)

  • Safety

  • Your Legal Problem

  • Opposing Party

  • Please provide the name(s) of all the opposing party(s) in this matter, if any. In family law cases, this will usually be your ex-partner. We require this information so that we can do a conflict-of-interest check.

  • Dependents

  • Current Representation

  • Court Proceedings

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  • Financial Information

  • *Please note that if Rise accepts your file, we will require documented proof of your income.
  • Privacy and Evaluation

  • The organizations that fund Rise Women’s Legal Centre want to make sure that we are providing a valuable service to our clients. In order to maintain our funding, we are required to provide statistical information about our organization to our funders. In seeking our services, you agree that we may provide anonymous statistics about your legal matter to our funders. For example, we plan to report the number of clients that we see in a year, and how many of our files each year involve family violence. However, we will never give out your personal information.

    After your file is closed, you may be contacted by a Rise Women’s Legal Centre representative to answer questions about the services that you received from us. If you are contacted, you can decline to participate in any evaluation of Rise Women’s Legal Centre.

    In the future, Rise Women’s Legal Centre may seek funding in order to provide support to particular client groups. If you would like to self-identify with any of the following communities for the purpose of assisting us in obtaining future funding, please do so here.

  • Service Levels

  • Please remember that Rise offers a range of service levels, from summary advice (a legal opinion only), to unbundled services (certain number of hours, completion of certain discrete tasks), to full representation, including court. The level of service we’re able to provide to your matter can only be determined after your initial intake appointment, and is at the sole discretion of Rise.
  • Certification

  • Thank you for your interest in Rise Women’s Legal Centre. We look forward to meeting you!

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