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Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral


 

This page provides information about Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral resources in California. Links are grouped by those that cover courts statewide, for multiple counties, and then by individual county.
 

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California - Statewide Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral
Free and Low-Cost Legal Services Information broken ?
View information about sources of free and low-cost legal services, including court-based services, legal aid agencies, governmnent agencies, lawyer referral services, law schools, dispute resolution programs, and prepaid legal sevice plans.
Free Legal Help broken ?
LawHelp California offers a directory of California organizations that provide free and reduced-fee legal services. The directory can be searched by counties served or an alphabetical list.
California Bar Association - Attorney Information and Discipline Records broken ?
The California Bar Association offers an attorney search by name or bar number and a search for legal specialists. Search results include contact information, date of bar admission, schools attended, and any public disciplinary records. Links to information about obtaining discipline records and the discipline system is included.
Find an Attorney For Public Records Access broken ?
Find attorneys that specialize in cases related to public records, including court records, open meetings, protections for whistleblowers, and invasion of privacy. Search options include name, location and legal issue.
Find a Lawyer, Referral Services, and Complaint Procedures broken ?
The State Bar of California offers advice on how to find a lawyer, a search of its membership by name or bar number, and a search of lawyer referral services by county. It also provides instructions for filing a complaint against a lawyer, resolving a fee dispute, and applying for reimbursement for attorney misconduct.
Find Interpreters broken ?
The Judicial Council of California offers an online search of court interpreters by language spoken and county. Includes links to interpreter resources and an online search for medical interpreters.
Limited-Scope Representation broken ?
View information about limited-scope representation, in which lawyers provide some services to self-represented parties for a smaller fee than full representation. Services may include advice about the case, representation on some issues in the case, document and evidence preparation, coaching, discovery, research, and other tasks as agreed.
California Rural Legal Assistance broken ?
View information about California Rural Legal Assistance, which provides free legal assistance to low-income rural residents of approximately one third of California's counties. Most services involve civil rights, community development, education, health, housing, labor, and employment.
California Multiple County Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral
Legal Assistance for Seniors broken ?
Elder Law and Advocacy provides free and low-cost civil legal assistance to senior residents and their caregivers in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Southern California Lawyer Referral broken ?
View information about SoCalLawyerReferral, which provides referrals to lawyers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties.
Northern California Legal Aid broken ?
View information about Legal Services of Northern California, which provides civil legal advice and representation to low-income residents of Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Tehama, Trinity, and Yolo Counties.
Northern California Voluntary Legal Services broken ?
View information about Voluntary Legal Services Program of Northern California, which provides civil legal advice and representation to low-income residents of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Yolo Counties.
Bay Area Legal Assistance broken ?
View information about Bay Area Legal Aid, which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties. A legal advice hotline number and links to additional resources are included.
Central California Legal Aid broken ?
View information about Central California Legal Services, which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Fresno, Kings, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare, and Tuolumne Counties.
Inland Counties Legal Services broken ?
Inland Counties Legal Services provies free civil legal assistance and clinics to low-income and senior residents of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
Alameda County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Alameda County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Alameda County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants.
Contra Costa County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Contra Costa County Lawyer Referral and Legal Aid broken ?
View Contra Costa County providers of legal aid and lawyer referral.
Contra Costa County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Contra Costa County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Contacts, locations, explanations of services, and answers to frequently asked questions are included.
El Dorado County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
El Dorado County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the El Dorado County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants.
Fresno County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Fresno County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Fresno County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Contacts, explanations of services, and answers to frequently asked questions are included.
Humboldt County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Humboldt County Public Defender broken ?
View contact information for the Humboldt County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible adult and juvenile low-income defendants.
Kern County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Kern County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Kern County Public Defender's Office, which provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants.
Kern County Legal Help broken ?
Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance offers free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income residents. Information includes types of cases handled, eligibility guidelines, and links to additional online legal resources.
Lake County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Lake County Legal Defense Services broken ?
View information about Lake Legal Defense Services, which provides court-appointed defense lawyers for eligible low-income defendants. Contacts, a list of attorneys, and answers to frequently asked questions are included.
Lassen County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Lassen County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Lassen County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants.
Los Angeles County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Los Angeles County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Los Angeles County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Contacts, locations, explanations of services, and answers to frequently asked questions are included.
Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants that the Public Defender can't represent due to a conflict of interest.
Los Angeles County Bet Tzekek Legal Services broken ?
View information about Bet Tzedek - The House of Justice - which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income and senior residents. Links to self-help resources are included.
Los Angeles County Family Law Assistance broken ?
The Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law provides free family law legal services to low-income residents.
Los Angeles County Legal Assistance broken ?
The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles offers free civil legal assistance to low-income residents. Information about Self Help Access Centers is included.
Los Angeles County Neighborhood Legal Assistance broken ?
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County provides free civil legal services to low-income residents. Information about self-help centers is included.
Marin County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Marin County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Marin County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants. Contacts, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to additional online resources are included.
Marin County Legal Assistance broken ?
Legal Aid of Marin provides free civil legal assistance to low-income and senior residents.
Marin County Family and Children's Law Center broken ?
The Family and Children's Law Center provides family law legal services to low-income residents of Marin County.
Mendocino County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Mendocino County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Mendocino County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense, wardship, and mental illness representation for low-income residents.
Merced County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Merced County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Merced County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendantes. Contacts, locations, and descriptions of services are included.
Monterey County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Monterey County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Monterey County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants.
Napa County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Napa County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Napa County Public Defender's Office, which provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Contacts, court information, and answers to frequently asked questions are included.
Napa County Legal Aid broken ?
View information about Legal Aid of Napa Valley, which provides free civil legal assistance and clinics to low-income residents, seniors, and immigrants.
Nevada County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Nevada County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Nevada County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants and parties involved in civil conservatorship and child support actions.
Orange County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Orange County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Orange County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Contacts, locations, and answers to frequently asked questions are included.
Orange County Legal Aid broken ?
View information about the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, which provides free and low-cost civil legal assistance to senior and low-income residents.
Orange County Legal Help broken ?
The Orange County Public Law Center offers free civil legal assistance and clinics to low-income residents.
Placer County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Placer County Public Defender broken ?
View contact information for the Placer County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants.
Riverside County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Riverside County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Riverside County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Contacts, locations, descriptions of services, and asnwers to frequently asked questions are included.
Sacramento County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Sacramento County Superior Court Legal Service Referrals broken ?
View Sacramento County Superior Court's links to agencies that provide social- and court-related services, including attorney referrals and legal aid.
Sacramento County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Sacramento County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants. Contacts, locations, descriptions of services, and answers to frequently asked questions are included.
Sacramento County Lawyer Referral broken ?
The Sacramento County Bar Association offers a telephone and e-mail lawyer referral service. Short consultations for a fee can also be arranged.
San Bernardino County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
San Bernardino County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the San Bernardino County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants. Contacts, locations, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to additional online resources are included.
San Diego County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
San Diego County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the San Diego County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Contacts, locations, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to additional online resources are included. A link to the Alternate Public Defender for cases in which the Public Defender has a conflict of interest is included.
San Diego County Lawyer Referral broken ?
The San Diego County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone or an online referral request form. Free initial consultations and a Modest Means Program for family law issues are included.
North San Diego County Lawyer Referral broken ?
The North County Bar Association offers lawyer referral by online request form. A free initial consultation is included.
San Diego County Legal Aid broken ?
View information about the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents. Links to self-help resources, free clinics, and additional online resources are included.
San Diego County Volunteer Lawyers broken ?
View information about the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents. Services include domestic violence, family law, youth, HIV/AIDS, immigration, elder law, and non-profit organizations.
San Francisco County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
San Francisco Public Defender broken ?
View information about the San Francisco Public Defender's office, which provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants. Contacts, locations, and descriptions of services are included.
San Francisco Lawyer Referrals broken ?
The Bar Association of San Francisco offers lawyer referrals by telephone and online.
San Francisco Volunteer Lawyers broken ?
The Bar Association of San Franciso offers a Volunteer Legal Services Program, which provides free legal clinics and other types of legal assistance to people who can't afford a lawyer.
San Joaquin County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
San Joaquin County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the San Joaquin County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants.
San Luis Obispo County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
San Luis Obispo County Lawyer Referral broken ?
The San Luis Obispo County bar association offers a Lawyer Referral and Information Service, including an online referral request. Initial consultations with the selected lawyer can also be arranged for a small fee.
San Luis Obispo County Senior Legal Services broken ?
View information about San Luis Obispo County Senior Legal Services, which provides free legal assistance to residents age 60 and over with benefits, housing, or elder abuse issues.
San Mateo County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
San Mateo County Private Defender Program broken ?
View information about the San Mateo County Private Defender Program, which provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Descriptions of services and answers to frequently asked questions are included.
San Mateo County Legal Assistance broken ?
View information about the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income and senior residents.
San Mateo County Lawyer Referrals broken ?
The San Mateo County Bar Association offers a Lawyer Referral service that includes an additional consultation for a small fee. Answers to frequently asked questions and information about the fee arbitration program are included.
Santa Barbara County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Santa Barbara County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Santa Barbara County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Contacts, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to additional online resources are included.
Santa Barbara County Lawyer Referral broken ?
The Santa Barbara County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service and initial consultation for a small fee.
Santa Barbara County Legal Assistance broken ?
The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents and seniors.
Santa Clara County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Santa Clara County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Santa Clara County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Contacts, locations, descriptions of services and special programs, and links to additional online resources are included.
Santa Clara County Legal Assistance broken ?
The Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County provides free civil legal services to low-income residents in cases involving family law, housing, special education, and immigration.
Santa Clara County Volunteer Lawyers broken ?
The Pro Bono Project provides free legal services to low-income residents in cases involving family law, housing, debtors' rights, and disaster support, including free legal clinics at local libraries and an online service request.
Santa Clara County Asian Law Help broken ?
The Asian Law Alliance provides free and low-cost legal services to members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Santa Clara County in cases involving housing, benefits, immigration, domestic violence, and civil rights.
Santa Clara County Community Law Services broken ?
The Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center provides free legal services to low-income residents in cases involving employment, immigration, and consumer rights.
East Palo Alto Legal Assistance broken ?
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto provides free civil legal services to low-income residents in cases involving general civil litigation, immigration, housing, predatory lending, and foreclosure.
Santa Clara County Senior Legal Assistance broken ?
Senior Adults Legal Assistance provides free civil legal assistance to senior residents in cases involving benefits, health care, elder abuse, housing, consumer rights, incapacity planning, probate, and wills. Links to self-help resources are included.
Find a Santa Clara County Lawyer broken ?
Search the Santa Clara County Bar Association's Public Directory of Attorneys by name and area of practice.
Santa Clara County Lawyer Referral broken ?
The Santa Clara County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service and initial consultation for a small fee. An online referral request is included.
Santa Cruz County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Santa Cruz County Legal Services broken ?
The Watsonville Law Center provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents in cases involving workers' compensation, wage claims, consumer fraud, debt, criminal record clearance, child custody, and small claims.
Santa Cruz County Lawyer Referral broken ?
The Lawyer Referral Service of Santa Cruz County offers referrals and an initial consultation for a small fee. An online inquiry form is included.
Shasta County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Shasta County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Shasta County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and criminal defendants. Answers to frequently asked questions and links to additional resources and information are included.
Siskiyou County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Siskyou County Public Defender broken ?
View contact information for the Siskyou County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants.
Solano County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Solano County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Solano County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Contacts, locations, a financial eligibility form, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to additional information are included.
Solano County Conflict Defender broken ?
View information about the Solano County Conflict Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants when the Public Defender is unavailable due to a conflict of interest. Contacts, locations, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to additional information are included.
Solano County Lawyer Referral and Background Check broken ?
The Attorney Search Network offers referrals to Solano County area lawyers and background checks of Solano County lawyers. Both services are accessed by an online request form.
Solano County Lawyer Referral Service broken ?
The Solano County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone, and an initial consultation for a small fee.
Sonoma County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Sonoma County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Sonoma County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants.
Sonoma County Legal Assistance broken ?
Legal Aid of Sonoma County provides free civil legal help to low-income residents involved in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, habitability and eviction, and barriers to employment.
Sonoma County Lawyer Referral broken ?
The Sonoma County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service, which can also set up an initial consultation for a small fee.
Stanislaus County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Stanislaus County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Stanislaus County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Contacts, locations, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to additional resources are included.
Stanislaus County Senior Citizens Legal Help broken ?
View information about the Stanislaus County Senior Citizens Law Project, which provides free legal assistance to residents age 60 and over in the areas of benefits, health care, housing, elder abuse, and simple wills.
Stanislaus County Lawyer Referral broken ?
The Stanislaus County Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone, and an initial consultation for a small fee.
Sutter County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Sutter County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Sutter County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants.
Tulare County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Tulare County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Tulare County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants.
Tuolumne County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Tuolumne County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Tuolumne County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants.
Ventura County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Ventura County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Ventura County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income adult and juvenile defendants. Contacts, answers to frequently asked questions, an application form, and links to additional resources are included.
Ventura County Legal Assistance broken ?
Community Action of Ventura County provides free and low-cost legal assistance to low-income residents in the areas of family law, housing, restraining orders, guardianship, conservatorship, general civil, and wills.
Ventura County Volunteer Lawyers broken ?
The Ventura County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program offers free legal services to low-income residents in the areas of conservatorship, consumer law, family law, landlord-tenant, personal injury, and general civil.
Ventura County Lawyer Referral broken ?
The Ventura County Bar Association offers an online lawyer referral request form, and an initial consultation for a small fee.
Ventura County Legal Services broken ?
The Ventura County District Attorney provides a list of legal services organizations with contact information.
Yolo County - Legal Aid and Lawyer Referral Resources
Yolo County Public Defender broken ?
View information about the Yolo County Public Defender, who provides criminal defense services to eligible low-income defendants.
Yolo County Lawyers broken ?
Search the Yolo County Bar Association's member list by name, language, area of practice, or location.

 

 
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