Resources for the community

Our wide-ranging collection of resources includes information for members of the community who want to handle their own legal issues and others who need help resolving lawyer disputes.

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Self help resources

American Bar Association Free Legal Answers - CALIFORNIA

Can't afford a Lawyer? See if you qualify for American Bar Association Free Legal Answers.

California Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic in which qualifying users can post civil legal questions at no cost to be answered by pro bono attorneys licensed in their state.

Question topics include Family, Divorce, Custody, Housing, Eviction, Homelessness, Consumer Rights, Financial, Work, Employment, Unemployment, Health and Disability, Civil Rights, Income Maintenance, Juvenile and Education Law.

American Bar Association Free Legal Answers

American Bar Association Free Legal Answers - FEDERAL

American Bar Association Federal Free Legal Answers
Immigration: Deportation, asylum, green cards, work permits, DACA, children's cases, employment-based immigration, citizenship and other immigration issues.
Veterans: VA benefits, discharge upgrades, VA debts and overpayments, correcting or ordering military records, military retirement, and VA pension.

ABA Federal Free Legal Answers




Free legal help for survivors of California disasters, and resources for volunteers, provided by trusted California nonprofit legal aid providers. Now available: Will Assistance for Emergency Responders (WAFER) and individuals working in healthcare facilities.

California Disaster Survivor Resources

Pro Bono Legal Services

Bay Area Legal Aid
The Congress of Neutrals - Landlord/Tenant Mediation
Family Justice Center
Contra Costa County Self-Help Center
Contra Costa County Superior Court Accounting Workshop
Contra Costa County Tenant & Landlord Resources
ECHO Fair Housing
Hola Asistente - Immigration
Lawyer in the Library
Legal Aid at Work
Contra Costa Senior Legal Services
Social Justice Collaborative - Immigration

Conflict Resolution Program

Before you go to court, consider the benefits of mediation, which can be more satisfying and less expensive than legal action.

Legal guides and pamphlets

The State Bar offers free consumer information guides on a variety of topics.

Legal videos

Watch these short videos to get answers to frequently asked questions on a variety of legal topics.

Legal services directory

Explore the valuable services available through many agencies to help you resolve your legal issues, such as civil rights, consumer rights, employment law, senior citizen services and veterans services.

Legal guidance organizations

Are you handling a court case by yourself? Do you need to do some research? Have you been told you need a legal form? These consumer-friendly websites may provide the information you need.

Limited scope representation

If you believe you can handle much of the work for your court case but think you need some legal support from an attorney, this is the perfect program for you.

Disputes with your lawyer

Client Relations Committee

If you’re having trouble communicating with your lawyer and it’s not about your bill, our Client Relations Committee can help.

Complaints and fee disputes

Get valuable information from the State Bar about registering an official complaint and resolving fee disputes.