Online Legal Advice for Self-Represented People and Companies in British Columbia

Step 1

Book Online

Book your appointment online and tell us a bit about your case. We’ll confirm if we can help within one business day.

Step 2

Prepare Your Case

We’ll guide you to collect and upload the information and documents we’ll need to be able to help you.

Step 3

Meet Your Lawyer

We’ll connect through video or phone and record the session for your convenience. Afterward, we’ll email you a summary of the important details and next steps.

Flexible, flat-fee pricing with no hidden costs or additional charges

$300 / Appointment

Legal Services ⚖️

Have a few quick questions or need some guidance? We can help point you in the right direction.

Litigant Standing at Podium

Going to court or a tribunal without a lawyer? We can help you navigate the process and represent yourself with confidence.

Charged with a criminal offence? We can help you understand your rights and responsibilities.

Understand your rights and options to pursue accountability and financial compensation.

We’re working to add more legal services as soon as possible. Let us know what we should prioritize!

Questions and Answers 🙋‍♂️

Is Butterfly Legal a law firm?

Not quite. Butterfly Legal is operated by Matt Canzer Law, which is a law firm. All legal services are provided by lawyers licensed to practice in British Columbia.

Will I meet with a lawyer directly?

You bet. Your lawyer will be licensed by the Law Society of British Columbia to practice law in BC. All meetings will be by video or phone.

Is Butterfly Legal available outside British Columbia?

Not yet. For now, the lawyers we work with are licensed to practice in British Columbia. You don’t need to be physically in BC when you meet with your lawyer, but the legal issue should have a connection to BC.

Will my lawyer keep our discussions confidential?

Absolutely. Lawyers are bound by the BC Code of Professional Conduct to maintain strict confidentiality except in very rare circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns about confidentiality please let us know.

Can I do my own research?

You bet. We encourage our clients to use some of the many free resources available online to be informed participants. Here are a few places to start:

  1. CanLII
  2. People’s Law School
  3. Clicklaw Wikibooks
  4. Courthouse Libraries BC
Where can I get help with a family law issue?

Unfortunately we can not assist with family law issues at this time, although we are working hard to add these services in the future. In the meantime, you might find these helpful:
Coach My Case
MyLawBC
Family Legal Aid
Boyd on Family Law
Everyone Legal Clinic

Where can I get help with a Will or Power of Attorney?

Unfortunately we can not assist with wills or POAs at this time, although we are working hard to add these services in the future. In the meantime, you might find these helpful:

  1. MyLawBC
  2. Nidus
  3. Everyone Legal Clinic
Where can I get help with a Residential Tenancy Issue?

We can help with residential tenancy issues, but you may find the information and support you need for free from the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre.

I have more questions. How can I reach you?

Use the live chat, or send us a message here!

Free Public Legal Education Resources

We encourage our clients to empower themselves with knowledge. Here are some of our favorite public legal education resources that you might find helpful:

Free or low cost legal service providers

Unfortunately, we are not legal aid providers and we are not able to offer pro bono services or contingency fee arrangements (whereby our fees are paid from settlement or judgments). These organizations may be a better fit for some legal needs:

Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Survivor of Crime Client
    Survivor of Crime Client

    Thank you for your patience and help throughout this process…. I appreciate your guidance in helping me to have some justice on this journey. You do great work Matt, you always created a safe space in the most vulnerable times and you made me feel heard. I very much appreciate you.

      Small Claims Client
      Small Claims Client

      I want to thank you for all your help. Not only did you do some filing but you were always on top of reminding me and always touching base, you were fully engaged and I felt tons of support. You also gave me a great deal of confidence in the trial and acted in an ethical manner. So thanks so much!

        Litigation Client
        Litigation Client

        Matt Canzer was our lawyer as we navigated a huge legal challenge last year.  His calm demeanour greatly reduced the stress we were feeling.  His knowledge and experience helped to deliver a result that was reasonable to all parties.  We are very thankful that we were referred to him by another lawyer.

          Client
          Client

          Thank you so much for this. You did an amazing job. Thank you for creating a safe space and for giving me the support, understanding and for validating what happened. I appreciate it more than I can put into words, truly.

            Criminal Defence Client
            Criminal Defence Client

            Thank you Matt for making a very scary time in my life a lot less stressful! I really appreciate the way you handle your business and treat your clients!

              Litigation Client
              Litigation Client

              Much as all of us would prefer to need the legal profession only for real estate transactions or wills and estates, when the time comes that one is needed in another area, it is very helpful having an [experienced professional] on your team!

                Criminal Defence Client
                Criminal Defence Client

                Matt took time to talk to me and put my mind at ease. He didn’t rush me at all and calmly explained to me what I can expect and the necessary steps that needed to be taken. I have never needed the services of a layer before so the process was very intimidating and foreign to me. Every time Matt promised to follow up with me he did. His organization and time management made me feel like a valued client of his.

                Ready to get Started?

                Welcome to Butterfly Legal – Your Partner for online Small Claims Court Guidance in BC!

                If you’re seeking professional assistance with your small claims court matters in British Columbia, Butterfly Legal is here to guide you through the process. As civil lawyers licensed by the Law Society of BC, we understand the challenges of navigating the small claims court system and we provide you with experienced support every step of the way. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer pro bono lawyers or contingency fee services.

                Why Choose Butterfly Legal for Your Small Claims Court Matters?

                Butterfly Legal stands out as your trusted online small claims court lawyer in BC, committed to approaching legal matters differently. We recognize the significance of small claims court cases, yet we believe that the expenses associated with legal representation should not be a barrier to justice. Our approach involves legal coaching to empower you to represent yourself confidently while keeping legal fees under control. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer pro bono lawyers or contingency fee services.

                Licensed and Experienced Civil Lawyers

                Our team of civil lawyers at Butterfly Legal is licensed by the Law Society of BC, authorized to practice law throughout British Columbia. We understand the complexities of small claims court procedures, evidentiary rules, and legal nuances. With our experience as litigators, we provide litigation coaching to guide you through the process, ensuring that you can navigate the legal landscape with confidence and make informed decisions.

                What’s Litigation Coaching for Small Claims Court?

                Litigation coaching is an emerging form of unbundled legal services where a client represents themselves with the ongoing support, guidance and advice of a lawyer or, in some cases, a paralegal. With DIY content and templates and access to online legal advice, we help clients represent themselves effectively and confidently. While the client takes charge of organizing and managing the case, communicating with other parties, and making small claims court appearances, we work behind the scenes to advise and guide. From consultations to document reviews, we are dedicated to supporting self-represented litigants throughout the entire small claims court process. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer pro bono lawyers or contingency fee services.

                What Butterfly Legal Can Do for You:

                1. Professional Online Consultations: Schedule a virtual consultation with Butterfly Legal to discuss your legal matter confidentially. Gain the insights and answers you need to move forward with confidence.

                2. Case Review Services: Our team can assist you in organizing relevant facts, framing legal issues, and researching legislation and caselaw pertinent to your small claims court case. We offer opinions on case strengths and weaknesses, helping you weigh risks and rewards with a strategic approach.

                3. Document Review Services: Butterfly Legal can draft, proofread, or edit correspondence and court forms, and we can assist you in identifying and organizing documentary evidence for your case.

                4. Settlement Conference Services: Ensure that you’re ready for settlement conferences with our support. We help you review documentary evidence, ensure compliance with small claims court rules, and prepare for negotiations or to seek court orders.

                5. Trial Support: From filing a claim to trail and enforcement, Butterfly Legal offers guidance and support at every stage. Our priority is to help you understand applicable laws and navigate procedural rules to represent yourself effectively. And confidently.

                Your Legal Matters are Our Priority

                At Butterfly Legal, we understand the importance of your legal matters, and we are committed to providing you with the professional assistance you need. Representing yourself doesn’t mean navigating the process alone—we are here to ensure you approach your small claims court case with clarity and confidence. Schedule your online consultation today and let Butterfly Legal be your partner in achieving a successful resolution of your small claims court matter.