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Legal Resource Center

Residents of Santa Barbara County have access to local self-help service legal resources center in addition to what information is provided in this web site.

About Legal Resource Center

We offer help with most non-criminal legal problems.
• Ask us your questions by phone or email
• Get help with court forms at a workshop
• Find step by step instructions online

The Legal Resource Center of Santa Barbara County is staffed by a California licensed attorney, and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Assistance is offered in the completion of legal and court documents for various civil matters and infractions, and in properly presenting your case to the court.


Would you like to volunteer?  To see how you can help, please contact the Legal Resource Center Coordinator at the LRC locations.

What services are provided?

This site can only provide you with the MINIMUM forms required for filing the different types of cases in Santa Barbara County. It does NOT provide information regarding HOW to fill out forms. For that type of information, you must visit the Legal Resource Center or consult with a private attorney.

Written materials are currently provided in English only, but will soon be available in Spanish as well.

All persons will be assisted regardless of income.

The services available to the public include:

  • Information
  • Resources
  • Referrals
  • Support
  • Educational materials, books and videos

There are two computer workstations that are available for use in the Law Library which can be used to access law related web sites and resources on the internet.

Does it cost anything?

The LRC is operated by the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, a 501(c)3 non-profit. Your donations are essential to ensure that we are able to provide high-quality legal services. A minimum $10 donation will be requested.

Ask for a Fee Waiver if you can't afford filing fees.

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