Welcome to Artists’ Legal Advice Services, also known as ALAS. We provide free summary legal advice to artists living in Ontario, Canada. Our offices are located in downtown Toronto. For more than a decade, ALAS has been helping artists, actors, musicians, dancers, writers, and filmmakers address their legal problems. Issues typically dealt with include contracts, defamation, copyright, trademarks and royalties or other payments. ALAS is operated by a collection of lawyers and volunteer law students from the University of Toronto who generously donate their time to help provide advice to those who may not be able to access more expensive alternatives. The clinic serves as an excellent first-step for creators wishing to understand their legal rights or deal with specific problems, but are unsure how to proceed.
Appointments consist of 30-minute consultations during which a lawyer will listen to your concerns and provide advice or guidance aimed at addressing your legal problems. The consultation is free, but a donation of $20 is recommended. The consultation is free, but a donation of $20 is recommended. The donation may be made in person or through the PayPal link on our home page. To book an appointment please call 416-367-ALAS (2527). The best time to call is during our shift hours, which are Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm. If no one answers, leave a message that includes your name, phone number, and a brief description of your legal problem. Please note that calls are generally returned during shift hours, so leave a number at which you can be reached in the evening. One of our volunteers will call you back to arrange an appointment with an ALAS lawyer.