Now more than ever, we know that artists are in need of legal information and support. Therefore, over the past month ALAS has been working on a pilot project to move our clinic online. We are now preparing to offer our legal clinic via Zoom during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As of July 2020, the ALAS Legal Clinic has begun offering virtual appointments via Zoom. As always, the Legal Clinic continues to operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, and now also offers some appointments on Fridays from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Each appointment will last for 30 minutes.

For more information, please see ALAS’ notice on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, available here.

(Updated on January 30, 2021)

ALAS facilitates the operation of a pro-bono service whereby volunteer lawyers provide information and summary legal advice to creators working in all disciplines. A volunteer lawyer will meet with you and discuss your legal matter on a confidential basis. The lawyer will not provide you with legal services after your meeting and you will not form an ongoing lawyer-client relationship with him or her.

The ALAS Legal Clinic is by-appointment only, and there are no drop-ins available. If you wish to make an appointment to speak with a lawyer then please fill out the form below, or call 416-367-2527.

This simple form should not take long to complete, but if you have any questions do not hesitate to Contact Us. Once we have your completed form we will contact you to let you know if you have qualified for the legal clinic and to advise on scheduling.

Our process

Appointments consist of 30-minute consultations. A lawyer will listen to your concerns and provide summary advice aimed at addressing your legal issues.

The consultation is free, but we suggest a $20 donation to help cover our operational costs. ALAS is an independent organization that is entirely dependent on donations, which may be made in person or through the PayPal link below.

To make an appointment for the legal clinic, please complete and submit the intake form, or call 416-367-2527.

Please note that appointments must be scheduled in advance. No drops ins allowed.

1. Creator submits intake form via email.
2. ALAS member sends completed forms to a volunteer lawyer.
3. Volunteer lawyer performs conflicts check and lets ALAS know if they can meet with the client.
4. Volunteers contact creator to set up a meeting.
5. Volunteer lawyer meets with creator for 30 minutes without charge to provide relevant summary legal advice and information.
6. Should creator require further legal assistance, the creator should then retain a lawyer directly. ALAS’ volunteer lawyer may provide several names of possible lawyers that are not ALAS volunteers, or the creator may contact the Law Society of Ontario’s Law Society Referral Service to find a suitable representative.