Services

We provide free legal assistance to low-income people and senior  citizens at our Legal Aid offices 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) (Only in Lompoc/ Santa Maria locations)
  • Immigration Assistance for Victims of Crimes (U-Visa) & Immigration to obtain legal status
  • Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention for Homeowners
  • Consumer Protection
  • Counseling for first-time home buyers

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

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:

 

Wednesdays, 4–6pm:
Goleta Valley Community Center 
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month (Family Law)
2nd and 3rd Wednesday of the Month (Civil Law)
5679 Hollister Avenue
Goleta, CA
805-967-1237

Tuesdays, 4-6pm:
Franklin Neighborhood Center (Immigration & Civil)
1136 E. Montecito St.
Santa Barbara, CA
805-568-2099

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.

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)
US Bankruptcy Court
1415 State Street, 1st Floor
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Live Video Conferencing with a Pro Bono Bankruptcy Attorney                                                       Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm (excluding court holidays)
Paso Robles Superior Court
901 Park St. Room 112
Paso Robles, CA 93446

FAMILY LAW ADVICE ONLY OUTREACH (Santa Barbara)

We offer a 30-minute consultation with a Family Law attorney by appointment only on Wednesday mornings for those who qualify for our services.

Please call 963-6754 to do an initial intake.