Free Legal Aid in Sacramento

Last updated: October 18, 2013

Are you facing a legal problem, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are many free or low-cost legal service options for residents in the Gold Country. The main options are through legal assistance programs, such as the Legal Aid Services of Northern California, a nonprofit organization providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors, or through law school clinics. There may be income limits that apply for you to qualify for free/low-cost help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you.

General Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

    39 Drumm St
    San Francisco
    , CA 94111

    Tel: (415) 621-2488

    Areas of Law: Discrimination, Election and Voting, Freedom Speech, Freedom of Religion, Immigration Rights, LGBT Rights, Privacy, Police Practices, Jail and Prison Conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.

    Good to Know: The ACLU does not usually assist in the following types of cases: criminal defense or post-conviction appeals, divorce or child custody disputes, property disputes, tax problems, workers compensation issues, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges. To apply for services, fill out an intake form.

  • Lawyer Referral Service (Sacramento State Bar)

    1329 Howe Ave
    Sacramento
    , CA 95825

    Tel: (916) 564-6707

    Areas of Law: Civil, Criminal

    Good to Know: This is lawyer referral service run by the Sacramento County State Bar. For $50 you will receive a 30-minute consultation with an attorney.

  • Legal Aid Services of Sacramento

    515 12th St
    Sacramento
    , CA 95814

    Tel: (916) 551-2150

    Areas of Law: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Child Support Collection/Modification, Divorce

    Domestic Violence, Driver's License Problems, Eviction, Foreclosure, Garnishment, Guardianship, Landlord Repairs, Medicaid/Medicare/Title 19, Paternity, Public Housing & Section 8, Repossession, Social Security Disability Income & Overpayments, TANF, Food Stamps, Veterans' Benefits, Wills

    Good to Know: This agency does not handle criminal cases.

  • Volunteer Legal Services Program of Northern California

    517 12th St
    Sacramento
    , CA 95814

    Tel: (916) 551-2102

    Areas of Law: Criminal, Family Law, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Probate

    Good to Know: Volunteer attorneys provide civil legal representation to low-income residents of Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin, El Dorado and Placer counties only. They do not handle criminal (except expungements), prisoner’s rights or personal injury cases.

Disability Law

  • Disability Rights California

    1831 K St
    Sacramento
    , CA 95811

    Tel: (916) 504-5800

    Areas of Law: Disability, Domestic Violence, Abuse, Neglect, Public Benefits

    Good to Know: This is a statewide service providing to those with physical and mental disabilities. Call to learn intake procedures.

Domestic Violence

  • My Sister’s House

    3053 Freeport Blvd
    120

    Sacramento
    , CA 95818

    Tel: (916) 930-0626

    Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking

    Good to Know: In addition to providing crisis support, this organization also houses a women's shelter.

  • WEAVE Midtown

    1900 K St
    Sacramento
    , CA 9581

    Tel: (916) 920-2952

    Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Family Law

    Good to Know: WEAVE provides free and low-cost legal services for eligible domestic violence victims. They offers a series of legal workshops addressing the most common legal questions and needs including Court Preparation for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order hearing, Divorce Preparation, and the Child Custody process.

Family Law

  • Family Law Facilitator's Office (Family Relations Courthouse)

    3341 Power Inn Road
    Room 113

    Sacramento
    , CA 95826

    Tel: (916) 875-3400

    Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Family Law, Guardianship, and Probate

    Good to Know: The Self-Help Center provides free legal, procedural assistance to unrepresented persons the areas of Family Support, Domestic Violence, Family Law and Probate. The Self-Help Center also houses a Community Resource Room for anyone in need of referrals to community services. All services are provided free of charge. Attorneys do not provide legal advice or representation, but can provide referrals to local attorneys.

Immigration Law

  • Catholic Charities of Sacramento

    Centro Guadalupe
    711 T St

    Sacramento
    , CA 95811

    Tel: (916) 443-5367

    Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Immigration, Naturalization

    Good to Know: This organization provides free/low-cost immigration legal services for low-income individuals.

Native American Law

  • California Indian Legal Services

    117 J St
    Suite 300

    Sacramento
    , CA 95814

    Tel: (916) 978-0960

    Areas of Law: Civil, Tax, Tribal Law

    Good to Know: This is the oldest organization in the U.S devoted to assisting Native Americans with civil cases. Income limits apply for free services.

Senior Citizen Rights

  • HICAP Services of Northern California (Health Insurance Planning and Advocacy Program)

    3950 Industrial Blvd
    Suite 500

    West Sacramento
    , CA 95691

    Tel: (916) 376-8915

    Area of Law: Public Benefits Assistance

    Good to Know: This is a government agency providing counseling and advocacy services for Medicare beneficiaries in Sacramento County. They also assist children or other representatives of Medicare beneficiaries, persons planning for retirement, and seniors planning to purchase health insurance.

  • Senior Legal Services Hotline


    Tel: (800) 222-1753

    Areas of Law: Civil, Probate, Caregiver Assistance

    Good to Know: This is a free legal aid telephone advice service for people over 60 (or caregivers of minors over 55) in Sacramento County.

Small Claims

  • Sacramento County Small Claims Legal Advisor

    301 Bicentennial Cir
    Room 330

    Sacramento
    , CA 95826

    Tel: (916) 875-7846

    Area of Law: Small Claims

    Good to Know: The clinic is staffed by attorneys and legal interns who provide procedural and legal information and legal advice to Small Claims litigants. They do not provide direct legal representation.

Law School Clinics