Legal Resource List

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
(805) 781-5734
Walk-In Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone Hours: Mon - Fri 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Services: Assist to establish, modify or enforce orders regarding child support and health insurance. Also assist in establishing paternity.
Cost: Free

Family Court Services

1120 Mill Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
(805) 781-5423
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.
Cost: Free

Self-Help Center / Family Law Facilitator Office

(805) 788-3418
Walk-in Legal Clinic:
  • SLO Courthouse Annex, 1035 Palm St., 3rd Floor Atrium, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m and other hours by appointment only.
  • Paso Robles Courthouse, 901 Park Street, Room 117, Tues 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and other hours by appointment only.
  • Beginning Monday, September 1, 2014, our Walk-in Legal Clinic will be replaced with appointments only.
Appointments: To schedule an appointment call (805) 788-2491 Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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.

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.
Cost: Free

SLO Lawline

(805) 548-8884
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.
Cost: Free

Lawyer Referral And Information Service (LRIS)

(805) 541-5502
Phone Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
No Walk-Ins

Services: Provides referrals to LRIS Panel Attorneys, including the following areas of law: Appellate; Arbitration/Mediation; Business Law; Collection; Criminal Defense; Employment; Estates, Wills and Trusts; Family Law (including Limited Scope); Bankruptcy; General Civil Litigation; Malpractice; Intellectual Property; Personal Injury; Real Property; Landlord/Tenant.
Cost:  LRIS administrative referral fee: $25.  Attorney's regular fee will apply following initial appointment.  Online request may be submitted at
http://www.slobar.org and click on "Need a Lawyer?"


51 Zaca Lane, Ste. 140, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
1030 Vine St., Paso Robles, CA 93446
(855) 866-RISE(7473) toll-free, 24-hr crisis line
HOURS: Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Services: Serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Assist in obtaining temporary restraining orders and counseling to victims of domestic violence and provide shelter.
Cost: Free Legal services.  Donations appreciated. Charge sliding scale for counseling services.

Women’s Community Center

P.O. Box 174 Grover Beach, CA 93483
(805) 544-9313
Email: wccslo@gmail.com  Please provide your telephone number for a return call.
Legal Clinic For Self-Represented Litigants:
San Luis Obispo County Law Library
1050 Monterey St., ground floor, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
HOURS: Every fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.
Services:  Volunteer lawyers offer legal advice regarding family law and restraining orders. Registration is required. Call (805) 544-9313 to register.
Cost:  A $40 donation is appreciated.

Women’s Shelter Program Of San Luis Obispo

(805) 781-6401 or (805) 781-6400
24 Hour Hotline: (805) 781-6401
HOURS: Mon - Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Services:  Provide counseling and legal services to victims of domestic violence and provide shelter.

California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)

1011 Pacific St., Ste. A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 544-7994
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

Catholic Charities

3592 Broad Street, Ste. 104, San Luis Obispo, CA  93401
(805) 541-9110
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

Creative Mediation

285 South St, Ste. J, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 549-0442
HOURS: Mon – Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Call for appointment)
Services: Offer mediation and conflict-coaching services to resolve family, small business, real estate, community/residential disputes and more. Free programs include unlawful detainer, civil harassment, small claims, SLO residents and students.
Cost:  Free or Low Cost

San Luis Obispo County Law Library

1050 Monterey St. Room 125
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
(805) 781-5855
HOURS: Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sat 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Services: Reference materials available including Nolo Press publications, copier, and computer with internet access.

Senior Legal Services Project

1011 Pacific St., Ste. A, SLO, CA 93401
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 14642, SLO, CA 93406
(805) 543-5140
(805) 543-1305 fax
OFFICE HOURS: By Appointment Only
Services: Confidential advice and counsel to seniors age 60 and older who reside in San Luis Obispo County on public benefits, 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
PHONE AND WALK-IN HOURS: Mon – Wed, 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.
Cost: Free

Internet Sites For Self-Help