Family Legal Services and Paralegals: An Update

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The Law Society of Ontario’s highly anticipated “Report on Family Legal Services Provider Licence” was released on January 21, 2022. The FLSP licence would allow specially trained paralegals to provide a limited scope of services in family law matters such as drafting legal documents and providing representation in court or adjudicative body.

The goal of the FLSP licence is to increase access to family legal services for family law litigants. According to Justice Bonkalo’s Family Legal Services Review Report from December 2016, over 57% of Ontarians did not have legal representation in family court in 2014/15.

The report will proceed to Convocation on February 24, 2022 and in anticipation we wanted to share some recently published CPD Programs with some great articles containing family law primers – all accessible remotely through AccessCLE.

  • Family Law Refresher 2021
    • Program highlights include:
      • “What to Consider and Top Tips for Negotiation and Drafting Agreements”
      • “Getting Ready for Trial: Strategies and Tips

  • 15th Family Law Summit
    • Program highlights include:
      • “Update on Tech in Family Law; Resources”
      • “Limitation Periods in Family Law–What Are They and How Do We Use Them”

  • Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer 2021
    • Program highlights include:
      • “Where Can You Find.. [Resources]”
      • “Sealing or Redacting Names”

If you’re looking to discover more CPD articles we recommend checking out this blog post: LSO CPD Programs on AccessCLE.