About Us

LawHelpCA has been prepared for general information purposes only. It does not provide direct legal advice but can connect you to legal aid organizations and referral services. Please read our disclaimer here

What is LawHelpCA?

  • OFFICIAL AND FREE 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 regularly checked and updated

  • COMPREHENSIVE directory of organizations that can provide legal help

  • INNOVATIVE LawHelpCA seeks to improve the readability and navigation of the site by integrating feedback from users and from the larger legal aid technology community 

Where does information on LawHelpCA come from?

Government agencies: CA Department of Consumer Affairs, Federal Trade Commission

Legal aid organizations: Legal Services of Northern California, Legal Aid Society

California courts: Judicial Council, Contra Costa County Superior Court

Non-profit organizations: Equal Rights Advocates, World Institute on Disability

How do I get help finding information or legal help on LawHelpCA? 

Please use the green topic tiles on the home page to search for assistance. You may also use the search function available on every page on the right side of the webpage. Use the search function to select your location, legal topic, and choose your legal problem. There are also shortcuts for viewing disaster relief resources and announcements, scam alerts, and LawHelpCA's most frequently viewed resources. 

LawHelpCA staffs volunteers to help with searches on LawHelpCA through a "LiveChat" feature. Volunteers are real people trained to help navigate the website and are not robots/chatbots. Read more about LiveChat here: https://www.lawhelpca.org/about-livechat

Who runs LawHelpCA?

Legal Aid Association of California 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.

LAAC does not provide direct legal services, and is unable to provide legal advice. Please use the search function of the website to search for an attorney in your area if you need legal help. 

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.

Where do I find pro bono opportunities? 

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

How do I report an administrative issue? 

For administrative issues, such as the website not working, missing or broken links, or other issues related to the functionality of the website please contact our LawHelpCA Administrator at admin@lawhelpca.org.

Please note that the administrators do not provide direct legal advice or services and are unable to respond to requests for legal help. Please do not email personal details about your legal concern. Please use the search feature to contact an organization in your area that may be able to help. 

How do I make suggestions about how to improve LawHelpCA? 

If you have great ideas for LawHelpCA, please give us feedback here!

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 including: 


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


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


Step Forward Foundation



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