Where do I find FREE legal help or PRO BONO attorneys?

Attorneys from our network may take your case without paying upfront fees if your case involves an accident and you suffered bodily injuries or if you have an employment law related case such as wrongful termination, harassment or discrimination in the workplace. For all other types of cases, attorneys will charge reasonable legal fees. Related Articles:

To locate the nearest SELF-HELP center and family law facilitator's office near you, click here. You may be able to get free legal advice from the following agencies: Probono Project (408) 998-5298 San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (619) 235-5656 Legal Aid Society of Los Angeles
(800) 250-5700

Community Legal Services
(310) 638-6194

Legal Aid Foundation Of Los Angeles (562) 435-3501
(213) 640-3950
(213) 640-3881
(213) 640-3883
(310) 899-6200

LA County Public Defender's Office (For criminal matters only)
(323) 780-2064
(213) 974-2811
(323) 226-8998 Anaheim Outreach (714) 571-5200

Do you take cases on contingency ?

Only personal injury cases (bodily injuries as result of accidents) and certain labor law cases may be accepted in a contingency basis. All other cases require a retainer fee payable up front to the attorney. NOTE: Sorry, no emotional injury or negligent infliction of emotional distress claims.

I have a civil rights case!

Unfortunatelly, we do not handle these type of claims.

I just need help filling out legal forms, can you help me?

Many legal forms are free and you can fill them out without hiring an attorney by answering a series of questions. Your answers are used to decide what kind of legal issue you have and what forms you need. You can also find the closest SELG-HELP office for assistance here.

I have a dispute under $10,000 and I need legal assistance, can you help?

You can resolve most disputes under $10,000 through your local small claims court without incurring in the expense of hiring an attorney. Small claims court is a special court where disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively. The rules are simple and informal. The person who sues is called the plaintiff. The person who is sued is called the defendant. You are not allowed to have a lawyer represent you at the hearing in small claims court. But you can talk to a lawyer before or after court. Here you will find advisors in your area who can help you free of charge.

I have a traffic ticket!

Our attorneys only handle misdemeanor or felony traffic cases, if you have a minor violation such as a traffic ticket you can find free reference material here.

I have a medical / dental malpractice case!

The California medical malpractice statute of limitations is one to three years (depending upon when the injury was discovered). does not handle malpractice law. However, you can lodge a complaint about your issue through the Medical Board of California.

Can I sue a county or government agency?

City, county, and state governments can be held liable in lawsuits the same as private citizens; however, the process regarding suing a county or city in California is far different and more complex than suing a person. Unfortunately, we do not handle these type of cases.

Are there any online legal chats available?

Yes, you can chat live with law librarians throughout California here. This service is available: Monday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. & 6p.m.- 8 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Participating Libraries Bernard E. Witkin California State Law Library
Fresno County Law Library
LA Law Library
Orange County Public Law Library
Placer County Law Library
Riverside County Law Library
Sacramento County Public Law Library
San Bernardino County Law Library
San Diego County Public Law Library
San Francisco Law Library

I have been a victim of fraud, how can I report a business?

If you have been a victim of a fraud or scam, you must immediately report your case to the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

How do I lodge a complaint about an attorney?

If you need to file a complaint about an attorney outside our network, please call the State Bar's ethics line at (800) 843-9053 In the unlikely event that we referred you to an attorney and he or she acted inappropriately, please contact us immediately in writing via email. Your complaint will be reviewed by our ethics committee.

How do I check a lawyer's credentials?

At, we check credentials, background, licenses, disciplinary records, degrees and performance of each one of our members. However, if you are considering hiring an attorney outside of our pre-screened lawyer network, we recommend to verify the lawyers credentials first. To do this, simply visit the State Bar of California's website where you will find a lawyer lookup tool. You can easily check a lawyer with his or her bar number or by name.

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