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What is LawHelpCA?

LawHelpCA is California’s official and free legal resource.

  • RELIABLE information about common legal issues, written by reputable sources on 16 general topics and over 140 specific subtopics

  • UPDATED directory of legitimate and pre-screened organizations that offer free or low-cost legal advice and representation

Why should I use LawHelpCA?

  • AUTHORITATIVE links are constantly checked and updated

  • COMPREHENSIVE directory of organizations that can provide legal help

  • EASY to read and navigate; designed with smooth access in mind

Where does information on LawHelpCA come from?

Government agencies

  • Examples: California Department of Consumer Affairs, Federal Trade Commission

Legal aid organizations

  • Examples: Legal Services of Northern California, Legal Aid Society

California courts

  • Examples: Judicial Council, Contra Costa County Superior Court

Non-profit organizations

  • Examples: Equal Rights Advocates, World Institute on Disability

Who runs LawHelpCA?

Legal Aid Association of California

The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) is the statewide membership organization for the almost 100 nonprofits funded through IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Account) grants by the State Bar of California. Capitalizing on its structure as a membership organization, LAAC naturally takes on the role of advocating on behalf of this group of nonprofits. LAAC facilitates communication and coordination between programs, trains in core substantive areas, analyzes best practices, and assesses and improves the effectiveness of the delivery of legal aid in California, including working strategically to support rural and small programs and meet the needs of under-served populations.

If you are an attorney looking for pro bono opportunities at a legal aid organization, please visit www.CaliforniaProBono.org.

Who funds LawHelpCA?

Donations from the public make LawHelpCA possible.

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LawHelpCA receives funding from the State Bar of California and generous donations from legal aid providers throughout the state

 

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Bay Area Legal Aid

Legal Services of Northern California

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Bet Tzedek Legal Services 

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. 

Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Inland Counties Legal Services

Central California Legal Services

Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center

Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice 

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.

Immigrant Defender Legal Center

Inner City Law Center

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

Legal Services for Children

University of San Diego Legal Clinic

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

National Center for Youth Law

OneJustice 

California Indian Legal Services

Learning Rights Law Center

Elder Law & Advocacy

Asian Law Alliance - Santa Clara County  

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform

Legal Aid of Marin

Youth Law CenterHarriett Buhai Center for Family Law

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc.

The Public Interest Law Project

Pro Bono Project Silicon Valley

Impact Fund

National Housing Law Project 

Senior Adults Legal Assistance

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara

Legal Assistance to the Elderly

McGeorge Community Legal Services

Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law

Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Child Care Law Center

Levitt Quinn

Watsonville Law Center

Public Advocates, Inc.

Voluntary Legal Services Program of Northern California

Legal Assistance for Seniors

Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino

Senior Citizens Legal Services

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

Inland Empire Latino Legal Aid

Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services

Affordable Housing Advocates

Coalition of California Welfare Rights Org., Inc.

Family Violence Appellate Project

Yuba Sutter Legal Center for Seniors

FreeFrom

Step Forward Foundation

 

What is LawHelpCA's history?

LawHelpCA is a collaborative project started by the federally-funded Legal Services Corporation, with policy oversight from the CalJustice Advisory Committee and assistance from advocates at legal aid programs throughout the state.

The LawHelpCA staff gratefully acknowledges the CalJustice advisory committee for their guidance in building this site.  Committee members contributed their time and experience to ensure that LawHelpCA provides a clear and simple portal to quality legal services referrals and legal self-help information.  We thank the following organizations for their participation on the advisory committee: Judicial CouncilBay LegalCalifornia Indian Legal ServicesInland Counties Legal Services,  Legal Aid Society of Orange CountyLegal Aid Society of San DiegoLegal Services of Northern CaliforniaOneJusticeState Bar of CaliforniaVLSP - San Francisco Bar AssociationWestern Center on Law & Poverty.