Kingston Arts Council
CARFAC Ontario Legal Clinic
Do you have a legal issue relating to your artistic practice?
Through the Visual Artists' Legal Clinic of Ontario (VALCO), CARFAC Ontario and Torys LLP have partnered to provide summary advice to artists about their legal rights and responsibilities. If you have questions relating to copyright, commercial contracts, labour law, commercial leases (for studio and gallery spaces), tenants' rights or incorporating as a business, let CARFAC Ontario and Torys LLP help by providing approximately one hour of free summary legal advice. Contact CARFAC Ontario for further details or to arrange an appointment to meet with a representative of Torys LLP. Free legal research and/or representation may be allocated on a case by case basis.

This is not a drop-in clinic and is by appointment only, subject to availability. You must fill out the appropriate intake forms and waiver forms, and a conflict of interest check must be done before you can be given an appointment. Artists who have not made previous arrangements through the CARFAC Ontario office will not be able to be accommodated. A CARFAC Ontario staff member can supply you with the appropriate forms if you would like to take part in the next clinic, please email [email protected] . Intake forms must be completed and returned to CARFAC Ontario no later than Friday, January 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm, so please contact our office as soon as possible. Once your completed forms have been vetted by Torys, one of their representatives will be in touch to set a suitable time for a meeting.

For artists wishing to attend the meeting in person, the location of the Torys offices will be provided when you receive confirmation of your appointment. *Artists outside of Toronto will be accommodated by telephone; please contact CARFAC Ontario for further information.

VALCO is an exclusive service for CARFAC Ontario Members. For further information or to participate, please contact CARFAC Ontario at 1-877-890-8850 toll free (416-340-8850 in Toronto) or by e-mail at [email protected], with a brief description of the legal issue for which you are seeking advice.

VALCO is a partnership between:
CARFAC Ontario, Torys LLP and Pro Bono Law Ontario.