Support

Have a question or need help? You have come to the right place. Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions, links to related websites and downloadable documentation.


FAQ'S

Can I get insurance through the OPA?

The OPA strives to provide it's members as many benefits as possible, one of those being a discount on insurance through Prolink.

For more information on insurance, please contact Prolink directly and inquire into discounts available to OPA members.

Contact Prolink

Can I still access my old OPA member login?

Yes, you can log into your previous OPA login for a limited time at OLD OPA Member Login

How Can a Paralegal Help?

In Ontario, Paralegals can represent you in a variety of of different areas including:

  • Small Claims Court
  • Provincial Offences such as traffic tickets
  • Tribunals such as Human Rights, Landlord and Tenant, Workplace Safety, Social Benefits, Immigration & Refugee
  • Criminal charges e.g summary conviction charges
  • Accident Benefits Schedule claims
  • Commissioning documents
  • Mediation

How can I volunteer with the OPA?

The O.P.A wouldn't be possible without volunteers, every board and committee member is a volunteer, and we are always looking to engage new talent!

Check out our About page for more information!

Volunteer

How do I know I have registered for a CPD?

When you click on the event you will not see a "register now" button.

How do I merge my previous OPA account to the new website?

Accounts are not being merged into the new website. Because memberships previously were created fiscally and therefore all memberships are due to renew January 2018. This makes it a convenient time for all members to register for their new online profiles and renew / register fresh accounts.This way it also ensures members profiles are fully integrated into the new / updated sections of the site.

EXCEPTIONS: For the members whom have previously paid for 2018 memberships prior to the launch of the new website you should have received an email notifying you to click on "Forgot My Password" so you can login to the new site.

How do I view past CPDs?

The Dashboard of your OPA portal shows a link to the most recent CPD events.

You will also find a button for Events where you can view past events and upcoming events.

Events

I would like to renew my OPA membership?

Through our new website launched (January 1st 2018) renewal is done completely online! Simply register for your OPA membership with online payment and your account will be immediately activated. Future year renewals can be setup to automatically renew OR you may renew manually through your account login. You will be prompted when it is time to do so.

My name and contact does not appear in the directory for Find A Paralegal, how do I add this information in?

Once you become a member of the OPA, login to your OPA portal. At the bottom of your dashboard (the page when you login to your portal), you will see a blue button that says "EDIT DIRECTORY LISTING". Click on this link and enter your information, once you have done this and you have updated these details in your profile, you will see your directory information has been added to the Find A Paralegal section of the website.

What are my CPD requirements?

While the OPA is pleased to provide free CPDs to it's members, both in person and by webinar, we would encourage you to review the Law Society of Ontario CPD requirements to be sure you are not falling short.

CPD Requirements - The Law Society of Ontario

What is the difference between being an Associate and Individual member?

Voting Membership. Any person who holds a P1 license in good standing as issued by the LSUC and who supports the objectives/Mission Statement of the Corporation and agrees to abide by the Code of Ethics, may be entitled to a Voting Membership.

Associate Membership. Any person who holds a P1 license as issued by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and whose status is defined as “Not Providing Legal Services” by LSUC, may at his/her option, be entitled to an Individual Associate Membership.

All classes of membership are eligible for free CPDs and other member benefits.

Memberships

What is the scope of practice for paralegals in Ontario?

The regulatory scheme set out in the Law Society's By-Law 4 permits paralegals to practise in what were already permitted areas of practice. Subsection 6 (2) authorizes licensed paralegals to represent someone:

  • in Small Claims Court
  • in the Ontario Court of Justice under the Provincial Offences Act
  • on summary conviction offences where the maximum penalty does not exceed six months' imprisonment and /or a $5,000 fine
  • before administrative tribunals, including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

A person with a paralegal licence can do the following in the course of representing a client in any of the above-mentioned proceedings:

  • give legal advice concerning legal interests, rights or responsibilities with respect to a proceeding or the subject matter of a proceeding
  • draft or assist with drafting documents for use in a proceeding
  • negotiate on behalf of a person who is a party to a proceeding.

Paralegals are not permitted to appear in Family Court and may not provide legal services that only a lawyer may provide, such as drafting wills or handling real estate transactions or estates.

For more information on Paralegals in Ontario, please refer to the Law Society of Ontario's website.

Paralegal Scope - The Law Society of Ontario

When does my OPA membership renew?

As of January 2018 OPA memberships are now annual memberships. Therefore if you membership was created through the OPA website March 1st it will be required to renew the next March 1st.

Why are my CPD hours not showing in my Dashboard?

If you have recently completed a CPD with the OPA and are noticing that the hours are not visible on your OPA Dashboard, it is likely the hours are pending accreditation from the LSO. Your account will be updated when the hours are approved.


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