Calgary-based startup offering free legal advice sessions online

Mar 31 2020, 1:58 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up society as we know it, which may result in some legal repercussions.

Whether it be the late payment of rent, wrongful termination, or the breaching of contracts, understanding exactly how to navigate through the next few weeks (or months) from a legal standpoint can get confusing.

The Calgary-based startup Goodlawyer is readying itself for the influx of legal disputes by offering Canadians free, physically distanced legal advice sessions online.

The 15-minute sessions can be used to field questions ranging from mortgage deferrals, unpaid rent, layoffs, and contract breaches that have come about as a result of the coronavirus.

“Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen the need for the legal support vastly increase across the country,” Brett Colvin, CEO and co-founder of Goodlawyer, said in a release.

“We’re bringing together virtual legal support for all Canadians in need, and we’re offering it all online so that they can keep themselves and their families safe by maintaining social distancing.”

Those who hope to chat with a lawyer can punch their email into the startup’s website, and will then be sent more information on how to proceed.

“The outbreak of COVID-19 has exposed Canadians to more legal stress and uncertainty than they may ever have experienced before, and we’re pleased to offer free advice sessions and a range of searchable online information through our website,” said Colvin.

Because rent is due at midnight tonight, after all.

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