Do you need a referral to a lawyer?
Consult the referral services to locate a lawyer in the field that concerns you and to deal with a lawyer near your home or office. The Association des avocats et avocates de province, as well as the regional bars in Montréal, Québec City and Longueuil, offer referral services to help you find a lawyer. The Association's contact information may be found on the Barreau's Website. Most of these groups provide the contact information of various lawyers who, depending on your region, offer the first half-hour of consultation free of charge or for a nominal fee of $30.
However, these referrals do not constitute recommendations on the part of the Barreau du Québec.
Approximately 2,000 of the 25,000 or so members of the Barreau du Québec register as volunteers for these various referral services.
Another good way of finding an invaluable legal professional is through the recommendation of family members, friends or acquaintances. Nevertheless, please check with the Barreau to be sure that the person referred has a permit to practise the profession, that he has no disciplinary record and that he is insured with the Barreau du Québec's Professional Liability Insurance Fund.
The service is free of charge.
How to find a certified lawyer-mediator
There are over 1,000 lawyer-mediators certified by the Barreau du Québec. Some are certified in civil and commercial mediation, and others in family mediation or small claims matters. Search engines for certified mediators are available on the Barreau's Website.
The Barreau du Québec's fixed-fee mediation service
The Barreau du Québec offers a fixed-fee mediation service for individuals and companies with fewer than 25 employees, when the amount of the civil or commercial dispute is $35,000 or less. The service consists of hiring an impartial mediator who will help you with negotiations and finding solutions to your dispute.
For more information about this service, click here (French).