Top 5 Free Legal Aid Resources in Los Angeles

How to get free legal aid is a question I get all the time, and there are actually plenty of ways to get free legal help in Los Angeles, but the best recommendation depends on your particular situation.

For example, if you have general questions about a legal matter you may only need to find and attend a free legal clinic, where you can get a consultation with an attorney or help from law students (I’ve volunteered at many of these).  On the other hand, if you are involved in a criminal matter or are in deportation proceedings, you might need to find an attorney to represent you in court “pro bono” (which means providing professional work as a public service without charge).

Here are the top free legal resources in Los Angeles:

1. CARECEN: An immigration clinic held every few months, where attorneys such as myself volunteer to speak about current issues and then help some of the attendees one-on-one afterwards.

2. Harriet Buhai Center: A free family law clinic for low income persons.

3. Domestic Violence Clinics: most Court houses have a free domestic violence clinic to help victims with restraining orders.

4. LACBA Community Services: this is a great resource where you can search within different areas of law to find a lawyer who may be willing to assist you. You’ll need to fall below a certain income level to qualify for Pro Bono, usually.

5. Dept. of Justice List of Free Legal Service Providers in California: If you have a pending immigration case or removal case, you are provided with a list of low-cost or pro bono attorneys that can assist you with your matter.

Also, don’t forget to tune in to the radio show for general questions and answers on immigration topics. And if your situation is urgent, please send me a note by email by clicking here or call to receive a telephone consultation.

1 comment to Top 5 Free Legal Aid Resources in Los Angeles

  • Miguel

    Estimado Doctor..Quiero saber si mi caso entra en lo dicho por el presidente Obama en Enero de este año sobre la posibilidad de no salir a esperar la visa en el pais de origen para los ilegales que viven en USA casado con un ciudadano.
    Mi caso es un poco atipico quizas, soy Ciudadano de este pais y quiero documentar a mi pareja, tengo 65 añosy el caso es asi: ella intento entrar por Mexico (ella es Argentina) la agarraron cuando intento entrar con documento que no era de ella, en la corte le dijeron si se queria ir por propia voluntad y ella accedio le dieron 5 aÑos que se vence en unos meses en Noviembre de este año, ella ingreso nuevamente ilegal y esta conmigo, no trabaja, no conduce, no tiene documentos , en fin no existe, mi pregunta es hay alguna posibilidad a que se acoja a ese decreto si ya entro en vigencia que permite hacer los tramites desde aqui y salir solo a buscar los mismos sin tener esa espera de tantos meses en el pais de origen y que no estamos en disposicion de aguantar tanto tiempo separados, mediante un perdon o algo que Ud podra interpretar mejor que nadie, me gustaria que opcion Ud mas me recomienda para comenzar a hacerlo.
    Muy amable por leerme
    Miguel

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