Law at the Library

May 8, 2015 | Miriam

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These days, very few people can afford to hire a lawyer... and even if you just need some legal information, it is not always easy to know where to look or how to approach a legal problem.

Law-library-81x100Four legal programs coming up next week at Toronto Public Library branches around the city tackle small claims actions, disability law, divorce and family law. All programs are free of charge. Here is the lowdown. 


Small Claims: A Guide to the Process  Monday, May 11 at 6:30 pm Malvern 
Disability Law: Your Rights Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 pm Brentwood
Family Law--Alternatives to Litigation Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 pm Albion
Keeping Your Divorce "Common Sense"  Wednesday, May 13 at 2:00 pm  Barbara Frum
Access to the law remains costly, difficult and often fraught. But some things have become simpler, such as divorce. Until 1930 in Ontario, and 1968 in Newfoundland and Quebec, it took an act of parliament to even get a divorce. Below you can see some examples: a 19th century act "for the relief of" one John Monteith, a 1924 act granting a divorce to Margaret Hickey. 
  Divorce2   An act for the relief of...
 Source: Library and Archives Canada.  Source: Duhaime's Law Gallery. 


Information about the entire series can be found at Law at the Library. Topics to be addressed include:

  • Real estate law
  • Intellectual property issues for small business
  • The law of the condo
  • Wills and estate planning
  • Permanent residency
  • Employment law--the rights of the employee
  • Immigrating to Canada
  • Powers of attorney and wills