Services

We provide free legal assistance to:
1) eligible low-income families and individuals, people with disabilities, seniors, and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, trafficking or other abuse who are
2) residing in Santa Barbara County

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 required)
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders & Related Services (no income guideline)
  • Elder Abuse Restraining Orders & Related Services (no income guideline)
  • Immigration Assistance for Victims of Crimes (U-Visa, T-VISA, VAWA self-petition, SIJs)
  • Guardianship & Conservatorship (of the person only) (Only in Lompoc/ Santa Maria locations) (Proof of income required)
  • Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention for Homeowners
  • Consumer Protection – assisting victims of consumer fraud
  • Counseling for first-time home buyers

** Effective March 16, 2020: Due to the public health emergency, all potential clients should call to apply for service by phone or apply via link at the bottom of this page**. See our Locations page for the locations, hours & contact information for the Legal Aid offices.

Visite una de nuestras ubicaciones para presentar una solicitud de servicio. Consulte nuestra página de Ubicaciones/Locations para conocer las ubicaciones, los horarios y la información de contacto de las oficinas de la Fundación de Asistencia Legal o aplicar a través del enlace en la parte inferior de esta página.

NOTE: If you are seeking assistance on a matter or issue not listed above, you will be referred to other sources of legal assistance. 

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

LEGAL RESOURCE CENTER (Self-Help Services)
(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. Self-help 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

For more information, visit www.sbcourts.org/sh/lrc.
Please see our Contact & Locations page for the locations, hours & contact information for our courthouse 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 assisted over the phone by appointment only. The current hours of operation and locations are:

Goleta Valley Community Center
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month (Civil Law) 4:30-6pm
Please call 805-963-6754 to schedule a phone appointment.

Franklin Neighborhood Center (Immigration Law)
Tuesdays, 4-6pm

1136 E. Montecito St.
Santa Barbara, CA
805-568-2099
Co-Sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation

Westside Neighborhood Center 
Thursdays, 5-6:30pm
Consumer Law & Landlord / Tenant Law
Please call 805-963-6754 to schedule a phone appointment. 
Co-Sponsored by the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation

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: 10:15am, 10:45am, and 11:15am
Please call 805-963-6754 to schedule an appointment.

FAMILY LAW ADVICE ONLY OUTREACH (Santa Barbara)
We offer a free consultation with a Family Law attorney by appointment only on Wednesday’s from 10:00am to 1:00pm for those who qualify for our services. Please call 805-963-6754 or email mcortez@lafsbc.org to complete an intake for the Family Law Outreach Program.

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.
For more information about becoming a volunteer attorney for our Consumer Debt & Bankruptcy Clinic, please contact Kate Lee at (805) 963-6754, ext. 116 or klee@lafsbc.org

Consumer Debt & Bankruptcy Clinic 
Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm (excluding court holidays)
**The bankruptcy clinic will be conducted by phone only (no in-person service). Please call (805) 242-3104 during regular clinic hours to speak to a pro bono attorney.**

Live Video Conferencing with a Pro Bono Bankruptcy Attorney
Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm (excluding court holidays)
**The bankruptcy clinic will be conducted by phone only (no in-person service). Please call (805) 242-3104 during regular clinic hours to speak to a pro bono attorney.**
Paso Robles Superior Court
901 Park St. Room 112
Paso Robles, CA 93446