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Law-related books are available at the Altadena Library both in the Non-Fiction section and the Reference collection under the 340 Dewey Decimal range. The Nolo Press books are often used to obtain copies of legal forms. If you need assistance finding information in this area, ask a librarian. Please note that information found in these books are not a substitute for legal consultation with a lawyer.
Online Legal Resources
The California Consumer Justice Coalition consists of five trusted non-profit legal services agencies working to help foreclosure victims and other consumers, including seniors, immigrants, veterans, and new home buyers. They have created an online resource to help you find free legal clinics, fight back against scams and identity theft, get financial counseling, learn about emergency resources and public benefits, and other legal assistance.
Free or Low-cost Legal Advice
Public Counsel is the nation's largest pro bono law firm. Public Counsel's activities are far-ranging and impact a wide spectrum of people who live at or below the poverty level. They work in veteran's advocacy, community development, homelessness prevention law, children's rights, and many other areas.
LA Law Library's volunteer attorneys host free 20-minute consultations on the second Friday of the month for patrons with legal issues at the LA Law Library, 301 W. 1st St., Los Angeles. Consultations are available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No advance phone reservations or appointments are necessary. Participants register on the day of the program. Examples of issues that may be covered include child custody and support; civil matters; debt and bankruptcy; divorce/family law; employment; government benefits; landlord/tenant disputes; personal injury; and probate. For more information, visit www.lalawlibrary.org
LA Law Library Satellite Location at Pasadena Central Library is available to assist litigants, visitors and legal professionals by providing access to a wide array of California practice guides, form books, and laws available both in print and electronically. Pasadena Public Library’s self-contained Law Room contains books, study tables and dedicated computers for legal research. Computer terminals downstairs are also available for legal research. All computers are available for use free of charge with a Pasadena Public Library system card. Material can be downloaded, emailed or printed. From 1-5 p.m. on Thursdays, a Librarian from LA Law Library is available to offer assistance in finding information that will help answer legal questions, getting started on learning about the law or going to court.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) provides civil legal services to poor and low-income people in Los Angeles County with six branch offices, including East Los Angeles. Its specialization is composed of legal services related to Asian & Pacific Islanders; community economic development; consumer law; home ownership & individual rights; housing & eviction defense; family law; employment law; immigration law; and government benefits. Contact them toll-free at 800-399-4529 (English/Spanish); 323-801-7912 (Chinese); and 323-801-7923 (Vietnamese). For more information, visit their web site at www.lafla.org
Housing Rights Center is contracted through the City of Alhambra to provide information on such matters as evictions, security deposits, rent increases, repairs, leases and contracts, and discrimination matters. The center provides free landlord-tenant counseling every Friday, except the fifth Friday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alhambra Civic Center Library, 101 S. 1st St. If immediate assistance is needed, phone 800-477-5977 to reach a Housing Rights Center representative, or visit the Pasadena office: Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. For more information, visit their web site at www.hrc-la.org
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA provides free legal information, on the telephone or in person. They are the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Their service focus is on access to health care, citizenship, consumer fraud, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), domestic violence (and connected family law and immigration matters), family based immigration (very low cost), housing, post-9/11 national security discrimination, race or language discrimination, and wage and hour issues. They do not accept criminal, personal injury, or traffic court matters. Contact them toll-free at 888-349-9695 (English); 800-520-2356 (Chinese); and 800-267-7395 (Vietnamese). View their website at www.advancingjustice-la.org
Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice provides a full range of legal services, from advice and counsel to court representation, in its four core programs: domestic violence; teen legal advocacy; immigration; and Access to Justice program. To obtain assistance, call 323-980-3500, or visit them online at www.laclj.org
Becoming a US Citizen & Other Citizenship Information
Citizenshipworks Become a U.S. citizen! Citizenshipworks is an online service that guides you safely through every step of your citizenship application. With a Citizenshipworks account, you can fill out your entire application online. If there are any potential problems, we will connect you to the legal help you need. https://www.citizenshipworks.org/