Request Help

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

Request Help

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’). If you need help applying for legal aid, or if you have been refused legal aid and would like to appeal, we may be able to assist you. Please complete this request form. 

• We try to help as many people as we can. However, no one has the right to our services. We have limited resources and there may be a queue for service; 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 a variety of unbundled legal services. 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 November/December of 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.

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

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • (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.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • * 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.
  • Certification

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
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Questions?

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

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