Who Qualifies Financially

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Legal Aid Manitoba provides legal help to people who are financially eligible on cases with merit. This can include people who are working.

Legal Aid looks at the financial resources of the applicant including income, assets and debts and whether money will be available to pay legal fees at the end of the case.

The following guidelines are used to decide if you get legal aid free of charge, and have been amended to correspond with Notice to the Profession 25-2014. These are guidelines only. We assess each applicant individually. This chart is based on gross family income.

 

FAMILY SIZE
GROSS FAMILY INCOME
1
$23,000
2
$27,000
3
$31,000
4
$34,000
5
$37,000
6
$40,000
more than 6
$43,000

 

As per Notice to the Profession 28-2015, the Management Council of Legal Aid Manitoba has approved the re-introduction of the Agreement to Pay (ATP) program concept on a pilot project basis.

As part of the ATP program, applicants will be provided with the opportunity of obtaining legal representation services if they:

  • meet Legal Aid Manitoba's merit criteria as outlined in the Area Directors’ Manual;
  • have a demonstrated ability to pay for the legal costs of their case; and
  • fall within the following financial guidelines

 

FAMILY SIZE
GROSS FAMILY INCOME
1
$23,000 - 35,000
2
$27,000 - 45,000
3
$31,000 - 50,000
4
$34,000 - 54,000
5
$37,000 - 57,000
6
$40,000 - 60,000
more than 6
$43,000 - 60,000

 

As part of the pilot project, lawyers retained by Legal Aid Manitoba are guaranteed payment in accordance with Legal Aid Manitoba’s Taxation Manual, and the client is required to make regular monthly payments to pay for the legal costs of their case over a period of time. Further information regarding the program can be accessed here.

Legal Aid Manitoba continues to be committed to increasing access to justice by establishing sustainable, scalable and accessible full representation programs for low income individuals, the “working poor”, and groups.

 

Legal Aid Manitoba's Management Council sets eligibility guidelines.  

 

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