San Francisco Legal Aid

The State of California publishes legal advice on a variety of consumer-related topics, including contracts, credit cards, collections, credit repair, privacy, and vehicle rentals. Located in the Oakland, Hayward and Alameda courthouses, these centers provide individualized information and assistance regarding small claims, family law, injunctions, unlawful detentions (evictions), name changes and guardianship. There are also free legal clinics on many topics. Clinics include (call to confirm days and times): WOMAN, Inc. provides multilingual crisis counseling, legal, housing, and other community referrals, peer support groups, and individualized therapy. 24-hour helplines for victims of domestic violence: (415) 864-4722 or (877) 384-3578 333 Valencia St., Suite 450, San Francisco SEEDS (Services that Promote Effective Dialogue and Solutions) is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides individual mediation, group facilitation, and conflict resolution training. Does not provide legal advice, but can provide information and services for reference. 1968 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley (510) 548-2377, provides basic legal information and self-help resources for Californians in the areas of housing, public benefits and health, labor, immigration, senior issues, Native American issues, families and children, protection from abuse, consumer rights, small claims, civil rights, estate planning and disability rights. Bar Association of California: The Lawyer Referral and Information Service offers assistance in finding a lawyer, utility group, or government agency to resolve your legal issues. Reduced transfer fees may be available depending on income eligibility policies. Spanish-speaking. Requests for lawyers can be made online or by phone. Bay Area Legal Aid 1735 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612 510-250-5224 | Contact Andrea Del-Pan | If you live in Berkeley, the Rent Board has an online „tenant reference package“ that includes FAQs that address many common landlord-tenant issues.

The Rent Board also has counsellors who answer general questions about the tenant`s rights and obligations (although they do not provide legal advice) and also offer mediation services. 2125 Milvia Street, Berkeley (510) 981-7368 San Mateo County Legal Aid Society 330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 123, Redwood City, CA, 94065 650-558-0915 | contact: Stephanie Bilinski | Bay Area Legal Aid provides legal assistance to low-income individuals in the Bay Area. They offer a weekly consumer law clinic that provides legal information and next steps to help handle complaints. As part of the Alameda County Bar Association, the VLSC offers many free legal clinics for low-income residents of Alameda County (at 125% or less of federal poverty income policies) available by appointment. Call several weeks in advance to reserve free spots – clinics fill up quickly. The CSLV also provides referrals to volunteer lawyers for eligible individuals (most referred cases relate to family law). The VLSC will not help in civil lawsuits for money. (510) 302-2222 API Legal Outreach (APILO) provides culturally competent and linguistically appropriate legal representation, social services and advocacy services to the most marginalized segments of the community, including low-income women, seniors, recent immigrants and youth. 310 8th St., Suite 305, Oakland (510) 251-2846 This program provides legal services for performance complaints, eviction prevention, fraud and consumer issues, elder abuse prevention, preparation of simple wills, disability planning and precautionary instructions, collection issues, immigration issues, etc.

Provides a comprehensive collection of resources on transgender law (including the process of changing gender markers) and projects to improve the treatment of transgender people, such as student safety and economic empowerment. Also offers legal clinics for name and gender changes. 870 Market Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 415-865-0176, Family Violence Law Center provides legal advice to victims of domestic violence. Services include civil injunctions, custody, access and support, divorce and victim assistance. (510) 208-0220 (Division) (510) 208-0255 (Crisis Line) The International Bay Area Institute is a non-profit organization that serves as a resource for immigrants and refugees, the IIBA provides immigration legal services (including a free immigration information clinic), and a training and employment program for immigrants and refugees. 449 15th Street, Suite 201, Oakland (510) 451-2846 This service helps legal permanent residents of San Francisco who are 50+ or 18+ years old and have a disability. Legal aid and legal aid from San Francisco are never far away. Free legal aid providers in San Francisco range from government to nonprofit clinical programs to law schools, offered at a discounted or free price.

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach 1121 Mission Street, Suite 308, San Francisco, CA, 94103-415-567-6255 | Contact Thao Weldy | The AIDS Legal Referral Panel is for people living with HIV or AIDS who reside in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma counties. Includes references to free and inexpensive legal services and several online resources. Call (415) 701-1100 for help with a specific legal issue. Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach 1121 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103(415) 567-6255 | languages: Japanese, Cantonese, Tagalog, Vietnamese and others Raza Centro Legal provides free legal assistance to low-income residents of Northern California in certain areas of wage and hourly claims, workplace discrimination, legal assistance for the elderly, immigration, and naturalization. 474 Valencia St., Suite 295, San Francisco (415) 575-3500 CARECEN is an immigrant family wellness and empowerment organization where legal staff provide in-person and telephone advice on a variety of legal issues, including immigration, health and wellness, and empowerment. 1245 Alabama Street, San Francisco (415) 642-4400 Contact Page CARECEN The East Bay Community Law Center provides legal services to low-income and homeless residents of the East Bay in the areas of housing, wellness, HIV and health, homelessness and economic development. 2921 Adeline Street, Berkeley (510) 548-4040 Contra Costa Senior Legal Services 2702 Clayton Road, Suite 202, Concord, CA 94519 925-609-7900 | Contact: Jason Schwarz | Open Door Legal 4634 3rd Street San Francisco, CA 94124(415) 735-4124 | Consumer Justice and General Legal Clinic is a free mutual legal assistance center in Berkeley that offers weekly counseling sessions to low-income residents (income guidelines apply) on consumer rights issues (e.g., debt collection defense).