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Do you have a question for the Self-Help Center? Get help back by email! But first, please take the time to review information on our Self-Help site to see if your question is answered there.

It will take up to 5 business days for the Self-Help Center to respond. Do not submit questions about legal issues that need to be handled immediately. Other issues, even though they are not emergencies, may be time-sensitive. Your legal rights may “expire” while you are waiting for an answer from the Self-Help Center. If you are unsure, it is a good idea to visit the Self-Help Center in person or contact an attorney  who can advise you.

Staff at the Self-Help Center cannot give you legal advice, only legal information or referrals to other resources that may be able to help you. If you visit in person, please read this flyer  for information on how to use the Center.

How is legal advice different from legal information? Legal information is a statement of what the law or legal process is, leaving up to you the decision of how to proceed. Legal advice tells you how you should proceed.

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Restraining Orders
[Click to read our "Do You Need to File a Restraining Order" flyer  ]

If you need help with, or have questions about, a Restraining Order, please contact an attorney , a Domestic Violence agency, or the Court’s Restraining Order Help Center. Do not submit restraining order questions through this website.


CLICK TO GO TO THE APPROPRIATE SECTION FOR YOUR QUESTION, TO GET HELP:

 Family Law  |  Unlawful Detainer (Eviction)  |  Breach of Contract  |  Personal Injury  |  Other Civil Lawsuit  |
Guardianship  |  Name Change  |  Conservatorship  |  Other Probate  |  Criminal  |

 


The Self-Help Center doesn't help with the following Family issues. Please find an attorney  who can help you.

  • No property assistance
  • No QDRO's
  • No discovery
  • No trial preparation
  • No collections (other than wage assignments for support)

 Family Law
 [Click to visit the Self-Help Family Law page on this website]

 You are contacting the Court for help with:
Divorce/Legal Separation/Nullity (Annulment)
Custody
Visitation
Child Support
Spousal Support
Parentage (Getting genetic testing to establish a child's legal parents)
Other [briefly]:
(Please see the list of Family issues we can NOT help with, in the box on the right)

 Click to tell us your questions below, and then submit form





The Self-Help Center doesn't help with the following housing issues/situations. Please find an attorney  who can help you.

  • Foreclosure
  • Home Owner's Associations (HOAs)
  • Mobile Homes
  • Business Tenants
  • Corporations
  • No Discovery
  • No trial preparation

 Unlawful Detainer (Eviction)- Landlord/Tenant
 [Click to visit our Self-Help UD page and UD Resources flyer ]

If you have been served with a Notice or an Unlawful Detainer lawsuit please immediately contact an attorney , a Legal Services agency or the Court’s Self-Help Center for help. You usually only have 5 days to respond. Do not submit questions through this website in this situation.

 You are contacting the Court for help with:

General information
Starting a case
I sued the Tenant and they didn't file a Response - now what? (Default/Default Judgment)
Help writing up a Judgment made in Court
Asking the Court to cancel a Judgment or Order
Asking the Court for more time to move when you've lost the case (Act immediately after the Sheriff has posted a Notice on your door)
Other [briefly]: (Please see the list of issues we can NOT help with, in the box on the right)

 Click to tell us your questions below, and then submit form





The Self-Help Center doesn't help with the following issues. Please find an attorney  who can help you.

  • No motions to Quash
  • No Demurrers
  • No trial preparation
  • No medical malpractice
  • No real estate issues
  • No injunctions
  • No collections
  • No appeals
  • No ex parte requests

 Civil Lawsuit
 [Click to visit the Self-Help Civil Lawsuit page on this website]

 Breach of Contract:

If you have been served with a lawsuit, you have limited time to respond before you may automatically lose your case. If time is running out or money has been taken from your bank account or paycheck, do not submit a question here. Please immediately contact an attorney  or the Court's Self-Help Center for help.

 You are contacting the Court for help with:

Starting a case
I sued and the other party didn't file a response - now what? (Default/Default Judgment)
Help writing up a Judgment made in Court
Asking the Court to cancel a Judgment or Order
Requesting to pay in installments or Claim of Exemption
Other [briefly]: (Please see the list of issues we can NOT help with, in the box above on the right)


Personal Injury:

If you have been served with a lawsuit, you have limited time to respond before you may automatically lose your case. If time is running out or money has been taken from your bank account or paycheck, do not submit a question here. Please immediately contact an attorney  or the Court's Self-Help Center for help.

 You are contacting the Court for help with:

Starting a case
Responding to a lawsuit
I sued and the other party didn't file a Response - now what? (Default/Default Judgment)
Help writing up a judgment made in Court
Asking the Court to cancel a Judgment or Order
Request to pay in installments or Claim of Exemption
Other [briefly]:


 Other Civil Issue [briefly]:
 (Please see the list of Civil issues we can NOT help with, in the box above on the right)

 Click to tell us your questions below, and then submit form





The Self-Help Center doesn't help with the following Probate issues. Please find an attorney  who can help you.

  • No guardianship of the estate
  • No conservatorship of the estate
  • No adoption
  • No Probate (will, trust, etc.) cases
  • No real estate cases
  • No motions
  • No requests to be Special Administrator

 Guardianship, Name Change, Conservatorship, Other Probate

 Guardianship:
[Click to visit the Self-Help Guardianship info on this website]

You are contacting the Court for help with:

Asking to be Guardian of a child
Responding to a Guardianship request
Ending a Guardianship
Visitation Petition - Guardianship
Other [briefly]: (Please see the list of issues we can NOT help with, in the box on the right)

 Name Change:
 [Click to visit the Self-Help Name Change info on this website]

 You are contacting the Court for help with:

How to change the name of a minor
How to change the name of an adult

 Conservatorship:
 [Click to visit the Self-Help Conservatorship info on this website]

 You are contacting the Court for help with:

Conservatorship of a person without Developmental Disabilities (usually an elderly person or an adult involved in an accident that disabled them)
Conservatorship of a person with Developmental Disabilities (a child or an adult who was born with a disability)
Responding to a conservatorship request
Ending a conservatorship
Other [briefly]:
(Please see the list of issues we can NOT help with, in the box above on the right)

 Other Probate Issue [briefly]:
 (Please see the list of Probate issues that we can NOT help with, in the box above on the right)

 Click to tell us your questions below, and then submit form





 Criminal

The Self-Help Center does not have attorneys who can answer questions about criminal cases. Please talk to a private attorney , the Office of the District Attorney  or the Office of the Public Defender  for help.





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