Legal Resources in the Community
William Ridgeway Family Relations
Sacramento County Superior Court
3341 Power Inn Road
Sacramento, CA 95826
The Family Relations Courthouse offers a variety of self-help
workshops for family law matters, as well as self-help assistance
through the Family Law Facilitator’s Office. Topics for
workshops include preparing a Domestic Violence Restraining
Order, filing for Divorce, Seeking Custody or Support Orders, and
seeking a judgment in your case. The Facilitator’s office
can provide individual assistance and file review but is not able
to provide any legal advice or representation. Please check
the court’s website for current information about workshops and
accessing assistance through the self-help center.
Childcare may be available. The availability of childcare and limitations can change. Please check the courthouse website for the most current information and availability.
Voluntary Legal Services Program of Northern
VLSP is a volunteer-based free legal aid program that provides assistance with civil legal matters to low income clients living in the Sacramento region. No legal representation at this time. Helps with: housing, denial of public benefits, bankruptcy, debt collection problems, employment problems, criminal records expungement, estate planning, probate guardianship of minors and other civil legal matters. NO FAMILY LAW AT THIS TIME.
501 12th St. Sacramento, CA 95814 – main office
Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC)
LSNC is a free legal resource that serves low income individuals in 23 counties in Northern California with eight office locations in Sacramento, Auburn, Chico, Eureka, Redding, Ukiah, Vallejo and Woodland. Below are general areas of focus, but please contact your local office for more specific information and for hours/availability.
LSNC’s service priorities include the following:
Preservation of housing: Assisting clients with the creation and preservation of low-income housing, tenants’ rights, evictions and lock outs, foreclosures, quality of housing, mobile homes, mitigation of homelessness, termination of utilities, unsafe housing, and loss of shelter because of natural disasters.
Health Care: Helping clients addressing legal issues affecting their access to health care, community participation in health planning, hospital services, Medi-Cal (Medicaid), dental care, long-term care in nursing homes, and the cost of health care.
Enhancing economic stability: Providing legal help with problems in areas of unemployment benefits, wage claims, wrongful termination, discrimination, job training and placement, education for adults and children, preventing job loss, driver’s license reinstatement, debt collection defense, obtaining and preserving necessary public benefits, job creation, consumer rights, and community economic development.
Support for families, family safety and stability: For example, assisting clients in need with obstacles they face about child care, child support, child welfare, troubled youths, preservation of the health and safety of the family unit, home and community, domestic violence, as well as other family law issues, such as simple wills and probate.
Civil Rights: Addressing discrimination against poor people, people of color, women, children, persons with disabilities, elderly and limited English-speaking persons, access to courts, right to counsel, self-representation, defense in civil actions and Native American issues.
Education: Assisting low-income clients with school expulsions, especially for students of color; individualized education plans for students with disabilities; and implementation of school funding formula changes for low-income and minority districts.
Serving populations with special vulnerabilities: For example, seniors, persons with physical and mental disabilities, limited English-speakers, immigrant populations, persons with limited education, persons who are geographically isolated, and persons discriminated against because of race or culture.