The Alberta Legal Information Society (ALIS) created LegalAve as a starting point for Albertans looking for information to address their legal concerns. The website brings existing public legal information under one virtual ‘roof’ and links Albertans to third-party resources that will help them understand their legal issue.
A key feature of LegalAve is the Guided Pathway—a step-by-step approach that points users to relevant legal information that applies to them based on their answers to a series of questions. This makes it easier for users to find what they are looking for.
The website contains resources about family law. The ALIS team consulted with various public legal education and information (PLEI) organizations throughout the province to create a website that addresses many of the questions Albertans have when dealing with a family law matter. This includes information about marriage and divorce, adoption, elder care, domestic violence, and child support. We will continue to update the family law content and expand LegalAve to include information on other areas of law.
LegalAve is not only intended for Albertans looking for legal information, it also helps service providers make effective referrals and stay current about the programs and services of other organizations. The For Service Providers page has a filtering tool that organizations can use to gather resources that are specific to a patron’s needs.
ALIS is a non-profit organization that was established in 2012 to develop a website that serves as Albertans’ first point of access to legal information and services in the province.
In developing LegalAve, ALIS team also connected with organizations across Canada that have successfully created similar websites, such as Educaloi in Quebec, Your Legal Rights in Ontario, and Clicklaw in British Columbia. Insights and lessons from the successes of those websites and feedback from our consultative groups in Alberta helped inform ALIS’s development of LegalAve.
During its startup phase in 2013, ALIS was funded by a grant from the Law Foundation of Ontario. The Alberta Ministry of Justice and the Solicitor General provided support during this initial planning phase with office space, equipment, and administrative assistance, which helped the organization successfully complete its website development planning process. ALIS then successfully applied for and received funding from the Alberta Law Foundation to create LegalAve.
All contributions support ALIS’s objectives to:
- Work in collaboration with other PLEI providers.
- Build on existing expertise and experience.
- Provide information in a variety of formats.
- Promote access to justice.
- Provide referrals to appropriate providers.
- Provide education and training to public librarians and other community workers.
Our Board of Directors
Our dedicated Board of Directors works with the ALIS team to ensure the organization delivers a website that addresses the legal information needs of all Albertans.
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