Services

Legal Resource Center
Project Outreach
Senior Outreach
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Homeless Education and Legal Project
Consumer Debt and Bankruptcy Clinic
U-Visa Program
Family Law Advice Only Outreach

Legal assistance is provided free to low-income people and senior    citizens in the following areas of law:

  • Domestic Violence (no income guideline)
  • Elder Abuse (no income guideline)
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Unlawful Detainer (Eviction)
  • Guardianship & Conservatorship (of the person only)
  • Immigration Assistance for Victims of Crimes (U-Visa)
  • Foreclosure Prevention for Homeowners
  • Consumer Protection

Please see our Locations page for the locations, hours & contact information for the Legal Aid offices and the Legal Resource Centers.

 

ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE

Additional assistance is offered outside of our main offices and normal business hours via the following programs:

LEGAL RESOURCE CENTER (Santa Barbara, Lompoc & Santa Maria)

The Legal Resource Center of Santa Barbara County is staffed by a California licensed attorney, and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Assistance is offered in the completion of legal and court documents for various civil matters and infractions, and in properly presenting your case to the court.

  • General Civil
  • Small Claims Court
  • Collecting a Judgment
  • Unlawful Detainer
  • Guardianship
  • Adoption
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders & Responses
  • Civil Anti-Harassment Restraining Orders & Responses
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Collections
  • Name Changes
  • Expungements

For more information, visit www.sbcourts.org/sh/lrc.

Please see our Contact & Locations page for the locations, hours & contact information for our Legal Resource Centers.

PROJECT OUTREACH (Santa Barbara & Goleta)

Volunteer lawyers provide “advice only” outreach for civil (not criminal) matters at various community centers. Clients are seen on a “first-come, first served” basis, so please arrive before 4pm to sign up. Doors close promptly at 4pm. Please call the community center ahead of time to ensure an attorney will be present. The current hours of operation and locations are:

Thursdays, 3-5pm:
Westside Community Center (Civil Law)
423 W. Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA
423 W. Victoria Street
805-897-2560

Tuesdays, 4–6pm:
Franklin Neighborhood Center (Immigration Law)
1136 E. Montecito Street
Santa Barbara, CA
805-897-2582

Wednesdays, 4-6 (Family Law )
Goleta Valley Community Center
5679 Hollister Ave. (Conference Room)
805-967-1237

SENIOR OUTREACH (Santa Barbara)

For clients 60 years of age or older, an attorney is available for advice and information during a 30-minute consultation by appointment only on:

1st & 3rd Thursdays: 10am, 10:30am and 11am

Please call 805-963-6754 to schedule an appointment.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS  (SB, Lompoc, Santa Maria)

We assist survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse in obtaining Restraining Orders to protect them from their abusers. We assist all people regardless of income in these cases. Quite often, we also assist domestic violence survivors in obtaining appropriate child custody and visitation orders. Appointments are necessary. Please contact your local Legal Aid office for an intake. Call (805) 963-6754.

 HOMELESS EDUCATION & LEGAL PROJECT (SBHELP)  (Santa Barbara)

Common Ground has moved to United Way of Santa Barbara County as of July 1, 2016.  Common Ground can be reached at emily@liveunitedsbc.org

CONSUMER DEBT AND BANKRUPTCY CLINIC

Volunteer lawyers provide no-cost information about Chapter 7 bankruptcy, bankruptcy forms, and referrals for other consumer debt issues. Customers are assisted on first-come, first-served basis.

Consumer Debt & Bankruptcy Clinic 
Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm (excluding court holidays)
United States Bankruptcy Court
1415 State Street First Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Live Video Conferencing with a Pro Bono Bankruptcy Attorney                                                       Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm (excluding court holidays)
Superior Court of California
San Luis Obispo County                                                                                                                         1120 Mill Street, Suite A
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

 

U-VISA PROGRAM: ASSISTANCE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIMES
PROGRAMA U VISA: ASISTENCIA PARA VICTIMAS DE ACTOS CRIMINALES

Undocumented individuals who have been victims of crimes in the U.S. and were helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the crime may be eligible for a U-Visa. Please call 805-963-6754 for more information.
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Personas indocumentadas quienes han sido víctimas de crímenes en los Estados Unidos y cooperaron en la investigación o el procesamiento judicial del crimen pueden ser elegibles para obtención de la U Visa. Para mayor información por favor llame al número 805-963-6754.

FAMILY LAW ADVICE ONLY OUTREACH (Santa Barbara)

In addition to our volunteer Family Law  attorney who staffs our Project Outreach on Wednesdays at the Goleta Valley Community Center (see above), we offer a 30-minute consultation with a Family Law attorney by appointment only on Tuesday mornings for those who qualify for our services.

Please call 963-6754 to do an initial intake.