California Legal Aid Offices

Free legal advice or legal representation for people who cannot afford it.

Legal Aid is for people who may not be able to afford an attorney. In order to qualify for legal aid at these non profit organizations listed below, you will need to contact them directly.

We provide the details of these offices to save you time in your search for legal aid. Our details include names, addresses, frequently asked questions, qualifications, etc where we can find them.

Legal aid services can include the following legal services for situations involving: Domestic violence, family law, housing rental evictions or home foreclosures, public assistance such as medicaid, food stamps, SSI Disability, SSDI benefits, public housing evictions, disability beneifts, etc.

How To Qualfy For Legal Aid In California:

To qualify for legal aid, you must typically meet two requirements:

1. Income requirements: Most legal aid organizations have income limits. You must earn below a certain amount of money to be eligible for services. The income limit varies from state to state and from organization to organization, but it is typically around 125% of the federal poverty level.
2. Type of case: Legal aid organizations typically only handle certain types of cases. These cases may include family law issues (such as divorce and child custody), housing issues, and public benefits issues.

In addition to these two general requirements, some legal aid organizations also have additional eligibility requirements. For example, some organizations only serve certain groups of people, such as seniors, veterans, or people with disabilities.

To find out if you qualify for legal aid, you can contact a legal aid organization in your area. You can find a list of legal aid organizations on the Legal Services Corporation website:

Once you have contacted a legal aid organization, they will assess your eligibility and let you know if you qualify for services. If you do qualify, they will assign you to an attorney who can help you with your case.

California Cities

Latest listings in California:

  • Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County Lompoc Website Learn more 102 E. Ocean Ave
    Lompoc, CA - 93436
    (805) 736-6582
    The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County provides legal assistance, counseling, and representation for low-income persons at risk of eviction. Hours: Monday–Thurs. 9:00 am to noon, and 1:00pm-3:00pm Friday and other times: By appointment We provide services in the following areas of la...See Full Details
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County Santa Maria Website Learn more 201 S. Miller Street, Ste. 210
    Santa Maria, CA - 93454
    (805) 922-9909
    We provide services in the following areas of law:     Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) (Proof of income required)     Advice and negotiation for tenants impacted by COVID-19 (Proof of income required)     Fair Housing/Housing Discrimination (Proof of income...See Full Details
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County Santa Barbara Website Learn more 301 E Canon Perdido Street
    Santa Barbara, CA - 93101
    (805) 963-6754
    We provide services in the following areas of law:     Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) (Proof of income required)     Advice and negotiation for tenants impacted by COVID-19 (Proof of income required)     Fair Housing/Housing Discrimination (Proof of income...See Full Details
  • CRLA San Luis Obispo - California Rural Legal Assistance Email Website Learn more 1880 Santa Barbara Ave
    San Luis Obispo, CA - 93401
    (805) 544-7994
    Legal Aid For Low Income. CRLA serves low income individuals residing in over 22 California counties. Provide quality legal services that improve the quality of life for low income individuals and their rural communities. CRLA clients include individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, s...See Full Details
  • Voluntary Legal Services of Northern California Website Learn more 501 12th Street
    Sacramento, CA - 95814
    (916) 551-2102
    The Voluntary Legal Services Program of Northern California provides legal services to eligible low income clients who live in the counties of Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin, El Dorado and Placer. VLSPs legal services range from referrals to volunteer attorneys for direct representation to assista...See Full Details
  • Senior Legal Services Project Email Website Learn more 3232 S. Higuera St.
    San Luis Obispo, CA - 93401
    (805) 543-5140
    Provides free legal services to seniors aged 60 and older in San Luis Obispo County through the Senior Legal Services Project. - offers individuals confidential advice and counsel by appointment. Senior Legal Services Project is especially concerned that those most in need receive assistance hous...See Full Details
  • Senior Adults Legal Assistance San Jose Email Website Learn more 1425 Koll Circle
    San Jose, CA - 95112
    (408) 295-5991
    Provides free legal assistance to Santa Clara County Seniors. Office Hours: M-F 9:00 am - 5:00 pm SALA is a non profit elder law office whose mission is to support older persons in their efforts to live safely, independently, non-institutionalized, and with dignity. Established in 1973, SALA prov...See Full Details
  • Crosswalk Church Legal Clinic - Christian Legal Aid Email Website Learn more 10421 Corporate Dr.
    Redlands, CA - 92374
    (909) 796-3000
    Free Clinic Hours of Operation: 3rd Thursday night of each month, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Prior to each clinic, there is a free dinner - first come, first serve. At 7pm they determine who need medical or legal care and direct them to the proper place. Services: Free legal advice, guidance, and ...See Full Details
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel Email Website Learn more 1663 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA - 94103
    (415) 701-1100
    ALRPs mission is to help people with HIV/AIDS maintain or improve their health by resolving their legal issues. ALRP accomplishes this mission by providing free and low-cost legal services to people with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area. ALRP Legal Help is Not a Luxury. ALRP staff and Panel A...See Full Details
  • Riverside Legal Aid - Indio Email Website Learn more 82632-C Highway 111
    Indio, CA - 92201
    (760) 347-9456
    Hours: Mon-Fri:  9:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Full list of services includes: Our Mission is to provide pro bono legal services, education and counseling to qualified low-income residents of Riverside County. Free legal services to qualified individuals in the areas of: family law (divorce, support, cu...See Full Details

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Important Information

Legal Aid Funding
Legal aid professionals and organizations oftentimes receive government funding for taking on cases with those who cannot afford attorneys. For the most part, funding is limited so legal aid entities can only take on a limited amount of cases. Qualifications are often rigid.