Legal aid eligibility assessment - required documents

When you first meet with us, depending on your financial situation, you must provide certain documents. To find out which ones, see the list below and click on the description that best fits your current situation. This is not an exhaustive list and some additional documents may be required. If you have any doubts about what to bring, please contact your local legal aid office.

You are:

on welfare

a salaried worker

self-employed

in another situation

On welfare

Non-exhaustive list of documents required to apply for legal aid

BENEFITS – INCOME STATEMENTS
– Regular benefits: claim booklet from the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity for the current month or, failing that, proof that you receive last resort assistance, and the amount received

– Persons with a severely limited capacity for employment: claim booklet from the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity for the current month, or, failing that, proof that you receive benefits for persons with a severely limited capacity for employment, and the amount received

– Employment assistance: proof that you receive employment assistance benefits, and the amount received.

PERSONAL INFORMATION:
– Social insurance number
– Address and phone number
– Health insurance card
– If you are not a Canadian citizen: official document proving your status in Canada
– If you are a native person: your band number

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – PER REQUESTED SERVICE
As applicable:
– Proceedings, motion or notice of hearing
– Summons, appearance notice, promise to appear or denunciation
– Contract
– Administrative decision or ruling you wish to challenge

N.B. To make sure you bring all the necessary documents, never hesitate to get in touch with your legal aid office prior to your first meeting.

A salaried worker

Non-exhaustive list of documents required to apply for legal aid

PROOF OF INCOME

PROOF OF INCOME FOR THE LAST YEAR PRIOR TO YOUR REQUEST
– Provincial income tax return
– Provincial notice of assessment

PROOF OF INCOME FOR THE CURRENT YEAR
– Last pay stub, with an indication of the cumulative amount of gross earnings for the current year
– Record of employment
– Names and addresses of all sources of income
– Proof of amounts received as tips for the current year (if not indicated in your pay statement)

CHILD OUR SPOUSAL SUPPORT RECEIVED
– Copy of the latest judgement concerning child or spousal support
– Detailed statement from the Ministry of Revenue confirming the sums received

INCOME REPLACEMENT (CNESST, SAAQ, QPIP, VCI)
– Proof or statement showing the amounts received (for QPIP: gross amounts), and indicating the date of the beginning and end of the payments

EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
– Proof or statement confirming the number of weeks of benefits allowed, the gross amount received, as well as the date of the beginning and end of the payments

ADMISSIBLE INCOME DEDUCTIONS

CHILD OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT PAID
– Copy of the latest judgement concerning child or spousal support
– Detailed statement from the Ministry of Revenue confirming the sums paid

CHILD CARE FEES
– Receipt for eligible provincial tax credit amount

TUITION FEES
– Statement for deductible tuition fees under the Quebec Income Tax Act

FEES TO ALLEVIATE A SERIOUS PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DEFICIENCY
– Proof justifying expenses that were non reimbursed by an insurance company or a government plan

LIQUID ASSETS AND OTHER ASSETS
– Bank statements for all your accounts (current, savings, investment, term deposits, RESP, TFSA, RRSP, etc.) for the month prior to your request, and the balance for all your accounts at the time of your request

IF YOU OR YOUR SPOUSE/PARTNER ARE PROPERTY OWNER(S)
– Copy of municipal tax bill for all properties (house, cottage, income property, etc.)
– Proof of amount from the sale of a residence

Self-employed

Non-exhaustive list of documents required to apply for legal aid

PROOF OF INCOME

PROOF OF INCOME FOR THE LAST YEAR PRIOR TO YOUR REQUEST
– Provincial income tax return
– Provincial notice of assessment
– Schedule L
– TP-80 form

PROOF OF INCOME FOR THE CURRENT YEAR
– Statement of income and expenses for the current year

PENSION ALIMENTAIRE REÇUE
− Copie du dernier jugement statuant sur la pension alimentaire ;
− Relevé détaillé de Revenu Québec confirmant les sommes perçues.

MONTANTS POUVANT ÊTRE DÉDUITS DE VOS REVENUS :

CHILD OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT RECEIVED
– Copy of the latest judgement concerning child or spousal support
– Detailed statement from the Ministry of Revenue confirming the sums received

ADMISSIBLE INCOME DEDUCTIONS
− Preuve du montant admissible au crédit d’impôt provincial.

CHILD OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT PAID
CHILD CARE FEES
– Receipt for eligible provincial tax credit amount

TUITION FEES
– Statement for deductible tuition fees under the Quebec Income Tax Act

FEES TO ALLEVIATE A SERIOUS PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DEFICIENCY
– Proof justifying expenses that were non reimbursed by an insurance company or a government plan

LIQUID ASSETS AND OTHER ASSETS
– Bank statements for all your accounts (current, savings, investment, term deposits, RESP, TFSA, RRSP, etc.) for the month prior to your request, and the balance for all your accounts at the time of your request

IF YOU OR YOUR SPOUSE/PARTNER ARE PROPERTY OWNER(S)
– Copy of municipal tax bill for all properties (house, cottage, income property, etc.)
– Proof of amount from the sale of a residence

AMOUNTS DEDUCTIBLE FROM THE VALUE OF YOUR ASSETS
DEBTS
– Up-to-date mortgage balance
– Proof of all loans, line of credit

PERSONAL INFORMATION
– Social insurance number
– Address and phone number
– Health insurance card
– If you are not a Canadian citizen: official document proving your status in Canada
– If you are a native person: your band number

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – PER REQUESTED SERVICE
As applicable:
– Proceedings, motion or notice of hearing
– Summons, appearance notice, promise to appear or denunciation
– Contract
– Administrative decision or ruling you wish to challenge

N.B. To make sure you bring all the necessary documents, never hesitate to get in touch with your legal aid office prior to your first meeting.

In another situation

Non-exhaustive list of documents required to apply for legal aid

PROOF OF INCOME
PROOF OF INCOME FOR THE LAST YEAR PRIOR TO YOUR REQUEST
– Provincial income tax return
– Provincial notice of assessment

CHILD OUR SPOUSAL SUPPORT RECEIVED
– Copy of the latest judgement concerning child or spousal support
– Detailed statement from the Ministry of Revenue confirming the sums received

INCOME REPLACEMENT (CNESST, SAAQ, QPIP, VCI)
– Proof or statement showing the amounts received (for QPIP: gross amounts), and indicating the date of the beginning and end of the payments

EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
– Proof or statement confirming the number of weeks of benefits allowed, the gross amount received, as well as the date of the beginning and end of the payments

RETIRED PERSON
– Proof or statement for amounts received from old age pension for the current year, from the Régie des rentes du Québec and/or from a private or public pension plan
– Proof of RRSP withdrawals, or of withdrawals from a pension or other plan

STUDENT
– Detailed statement from the Ministry of Education with respect to student aid (loans and bursaries)
– Agreement from Emploi Québec

UNDECLARED INCOME
– Form to be filled out

PERSON DEPENDENT ON THIRD PARTY (FAMILY MEMBER, FRIEND, SPOUSE)
– Statement from third party

ADMISSIBLE INCOME DEDUCTIONS
CHILD OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT PAID
– A copy of the latest judgement concerning child or spousal support
– A detailed statement from the Ministry of Revenue confirming the sums paid

CHILD CARE FEES
– Receipt for eligible provincial tax credit amount

TUITION FEES
– Statement for deductible tuition fees under the Quebec Income Tax Act

FEES TO ALLEVIATE A SERIOUS PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DEFICIENCY
– Proof justifying expenses that were non reimbursed by an insurance company or a government plan

LIQUID ASSETS AND OTHER ASSETS
– Bank statements for all your accounts (current, savings, investment, term deposits, RESP, TFSA, RRSP, etc.) for the month prior to your request, and the balance for all your accounts at the time of your request

IF YOU OR YOUR SPOUSE/PARTNER ARE PROPERTY OWNER(S)
– Copy of municipal tax bill for all properties (house, cottage, income property, etc.)
– Proof of amount from the sale of a residence

AMOUNTS DEDUCTIBLE FROM THE VALUE OF YOUR ASSETS
DEBTS
– Up-to-date mortgage balance
– Proof of all loans, line of credit

PERSONAL INFORMATION
– Social insurance number
– Address and phone number
– Health insurance card
– If you are not a Canadian citizen: official document proving your status in Canada
– If you are a native person: your band number

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – PER REQUESTED SERVICE:
As applicable:
– Proceedings, motion or notice of hearing
– Summons, appearance notice, promise to appear or denunciation
– Contract
– Administrative decision or ruling you wish to challenge

N.B. To make sure you bring all the necessary documents, never hesitate to get in touch with your legal aid office prior to your first meeting.

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