This list includes non-profit agencies which provide legal, mediation and referral services at low or no cost. Also listed are self-help internet sites.
This list is not comprehensive. The Court is not responsible for the type of service you receive from the listed agencies.
Child Support Services Department
1200 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Walk-In Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone Hours: Mon - Fri 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Services: Assist to establish, modify or enforce orders regarding child support and health insurance. Also assist in establishing paternity.
Family Court Services
1120 Mill Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
HOURS: Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Services: Mediate child custody issues between parties in family law cases to reach a parenting plan agreement. Separate appointments available. Matters assigned to Paso Robles branch will be mediated in Paso Robles.
Self-Help Center / Family Law Facilitator Office
(805) 788-3418 Recorded Information
Services: Assist in dissolution of marriage, legal separation, nullity, paternity and domestic violence cases. Assist in obtaining and modifying child support, spousal support, child custody, child visitation and restraining orders. Assist in civil harassment, guardianship and name change cases.
Walk-In Legal Clinic
: We offer a Walk-In Legal Clinic Monday through Thursday mornings from 8:30 am to 11:30 am on the 3rd Floor Atrium of the Courthouse Annex located at 1035 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo and also at the Paso Robles Courthouse located at 901 Park St. Room 112. Our office helps people on a first come first serve basis, so please arrive early.
Workshops: We also offer a Workshop to start or respond to a divorce case and a Workshop to modify child custody or visitation orders. These workshops are available in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. In the Workshop, we will explain the steps you must complete and answer questions you may have regarding the procedure or forms. To view the dates for the upcoming workshops click Self-Help Center / Family Law Facilitator Schedule. The Workshop is a group session so you must arrive on time. You do not need an appointment to attend a workshop, however space is limited so you may need to return on a different day.
Appointments: Follow-up appointments may be scheduled by coming to our walk-in or workshop.
211 SLO County
P.O. Box 14309, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
2-1-1 or (805) 549-8989 or toll-free (800) 549-8989
Services: 211 is a 24-hour non-emergency telephone number that connects individuals and families with information and community resources.
Phone Hours: Mon - Thurs 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Services: Program staff provides referrals to legal assistance programs in San Luis Obispo County. San Luis Obispo County Bar Association volunteer lawyers, if available, may provide legal information and advice at no charge to individuals who need assistance and are unable to afford a lawyer.
Lawyer Referral And Information Service (LRIS)
Phone Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Services: When appropriate, provide a referral to an LRIS attorney in any of the following areas of law: Appellate, Bankruptcy, Business, Collection, Criminal Defense, Employment, Estate Planning, Family Law (including Limited Scope), General Civil Litigation, Landlord/Tenant, Malpractice, Personal Injury, Real Property. Assist with other resources including referrals to local county agencies when applicable.
Cost: $40. LRIS administrative fee if referred to an attorney. Attorney's regular fee will apply following the initial appointment. Online request may be submitted at http://www.slobarlris.org.
51 Zaca Lane, Ste. 140, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
1030 Vine St., Paso Robles, CA 93446
(855) 866-RISE(7473) toll-free, 24-hr crisis line
HOURS: Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Services: Serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Assistance with obtaining temporary restraining orders, counseling and shelter services and advocacy and accompaniment. All services are confidential and available in Spanish.
Cost: Free with donations accepted.
Women’s Shelter Program Of San Luis Obispo
(805) 781-6400 or 24 Hour Hotline at (805) 781-6400
HOURS: Mon - Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Services: Provide counseling and shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. Current clients may receive assistance filing for restraining orders. For emergency shelter, please call (805) 781-6400. For counseling, please call (805) 473-6507.
California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)
1011 Pacific St., Ste. A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
WALK-IN HOURS:Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
PHONE HOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Services: Assist in civil law cases, including public benefits, labor and employment, housing, education and civil rights. Do not assist with family law or criminal cases.
Cost: Free for low-income individuals
3592 Broad Street, Ste. 104, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
OFFICE HOURS: By Appointment Only
PHONE HOURS: Mon – Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Services: Assist with immigration and housing cases.
Cost: Sliding Scale
285 South St, Ste. J, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
HOURS: Mon – Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Services: Offer mediation and conflict-coaching services to resolve small claims and community, landlord/tenant, and neighbor issues, with specialized services for family conflict including elder concerns, parent/teen, child custody/visitation disputes and more.
Cost: Free or Low Cost
San Luis Obispo County Law Library
1050 Monterey St. Room 125
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
HOURS: Mon – Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Services: Reference materials available including Nolo Press publications, copier, and computer with internet access.
Senior Legal Services Project
1011 Pacific St., Ste. B, SLO, CA 93401
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 14642, SLO, CA 93406
(805) 543-1305 fax
OFFICE HOURS: By appointment at the main office or senior center.
Services: Confidential advice and representation to seniors age 60 and older who reside in San Luis Obispo County on durable powers of attorney, advance health care directive, housing issues, and elder abuse.
Cost: Free for SLO County Seniors; donations appreciated.
Small Claims Advisory
San Luis Obispo Courthouse, 1050 Monterey Street, Room 223, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
(805) 781-5856 - Press Option 3
PHONE AND WALK-IN HOURS: Mon – Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Services: Assist to complete small claims forms, answer procedural questions and provides referrals to legal resources and publications.
Internet Sites For Self-Help