Self-help legal aid services Legal aid agencies and other non-profit groups Government agencies Legal advice services and bar associations Law schools Dispute resolution programs Prepaid legal services plans Legal aid agencies also cannot help in all types of cases. Mutual legal assistance agencies generally assist in cases of domestic violence, family law, deportations, benefits, immigration, employment issues and other types of cases that can cause serious problems in a person`s daily life. They probably won`t be able to help you if, for example, you want to sue someone for a car accident (unless you file an application in Small Claims Court, as some legal aid programs help handle small claims cases). Use LawHelpCa.org to find nonprofit groups in your area and find out if they can help you with your legal issue. There are several government agencies that can provide legal assistance. If you are looking for information on this website for legal topics, you will find information about specific government agencies that help you with this. Some law schools have free legal clinics for certain types of legal matters. Your local association or court will likely be familiar with these clinics and give you more information. Or contact your local law school to find out. All of California`s high courts have legal assistance available to people who don`t have attorneys and who represent themselves. As there are many types of services and information to help you get help from your court, we have created an entire section only for court services.
Learn more about your court`s help. LASOC provides civil legal services to low-income individuals and promotes equal access to the justice system through advocacy, legal advice, innovative self-help services, in-depth legal representation, economic development and community building. Public interest non-profit organizations, such as groups that deal with civil liberties or discrimination in the housing market, may be able to help. These groups sometimes have employed lawyers who may be able to handle your case. Others provide legal assistance only to groups of people and not to individuals. For example, they could help you and your neighbours convince your city council to install a traffic light at a busy intersection. We provide legal advice, advice and representation to low-income individuals in a variety of civil matters. For legal help, call us toll-free at 800-834-5001 or on-site at 714-571-5200. For our address or directions to one of our offices, please select a location below. However, if you need a lawyer and can`t afford one, it`s always a good idea to try to get help from a legal aid agency in your area. Don`t get discouraged if they can`t help you. If you are charged with a crime and cannot afford to pay for a lawyer, you can get free help from your local public defense attorney`s office.
As a rule, the court will refer you to a public defender. If the public defense attorney cannot handle your case, or if there is no public defense attorney in your area, the court will usually appoint another lawyer to represent you free of charge. Find your county`s public defender. Prepaid legal services plans work in several ways. When considering a plan, pay close attention to what the plan does and doesn`t do. If you don`t expect to have legal requirements covered by the plan in the next year, you should think carefully before purchasing a plan. If you think you might use a service as part of the plan, such as preparing a simple will, you should know that lawyers who accept the plan will likely try to sell you an updated service. In some cases, it makes sense to get the updated service, but there may be no cost savings due to enrolling in the plan. Lawyer referral services help people find lawyers. They can inform you of free or low-cost legal services in your area for eligible individuals. If you don`t qualify for free help, they can give you more information to help you find legal aid that won`t cost you a lot of money. For example, they keep lists of lawyers who will meet with you once to discuss your case.