Many local laws and courts have been affected by COVID-19. Please use the search for legal help tool to find a legal aid organization or self help center near you for accurate information and more support.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
How to identify different types of abuse.
Here is listing of advocates and offices that help people in long-term care and their loved ones throughout California.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
What to do about known or suspected elder abuse?
Financial abuse, such as exploitation and fraud.
What should you do if you suspect financial abuse?
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
A comprehensive and practical guide for everyday people on how to end interpersonal violence in their community. The C.I. Toolkit gives in depth how-tos on supporting survivors of sexualized/gendered violence, organizing community accountability processes and interventions, and working together to build a future without violence.
You can ask for an elder or dependent adult abuse restraining order.
This guidebook is designed to help victims of financial abuse navigate the system so that if there is a chance for restitution that opportunity won"t be missed.
What are the warning signs of elder abuse? What can I do?
How to navigate issues with public and social benefits systems.
Up to 99% of domestic violence victims experience economic abuse during an abusive relationship, and finances are often cited as the biggest barrier to leaving an abusive relationship. This resource describes what economic abuse is and what to do about it.
If you want to report elder abuse or dependent adult abuse in the community, contact your local county APS Office. For most types of abuse, County APS programs have 10 days to respond to your report. Abuse reports may also be made to your local law enforcement agency.County APS agencies investigate reports of abuse of elders and dependent adults who live in private homes, apartments, hotels or hospitals.
If you're concerned about an older friend or relative, here are some things to consider.
Seniors: Protect yourself from fraud and financial abuse! Be vigilant, be observant. Physical or financial abuse will continue so long as no one knows about it. Listed below are our Top 10 Safety Tips to always keep in mind.