Van Nuys Self Help Center

Contact Information

Name: Van Nuys Self Help Center
Address: 6230 Sylmar Ave, Van Nuys, CA - 91401
Phone: (818) 374-7108

Service Information

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles Self-Help Legal Access Centers provide self-represented litigants help with:

Family Law
    Child Custody and Support
Housing (landlord/tenant) Law involving Evictions
Restraining Orders
    Domestic Violence (Long Beach and Torrance only)
    Civil Harassment
    Elder Abuse
Name Changes instructions and forms only
Fee Waivers
Claims of Exemption
Guardianship (Long Beach only)
Conservatorship (Long Beach only)
Record Expungement (Inglewood only)
And other limited civil areas of law
All services are provided free of charge.
Legal information and assistance with pleadings are provided through workshops, individual assistance and user-friendly computer programs. Self-represented litigants who attend workshops or seek individual assistance have their pleadings reviewed by an attorney.
We provide workshops for eviction (unlawful detainer) answers, eviction (unlawful detainer) trial prep, family law (divorce and paternity) and record expungement.

  • Monday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is legal aid?

Legal aid is free or low-cost legal advice and assistance given to those who cannot afford the services of an attorney.

2. Who is eligible for legal aid?

The eligibility requirements for legal aid vary depending on the country or state, but generally, those who have limited income and cannot afford the services of a lawyer are eligible for legal aid.

3. How can I apply for legal aid?

To apply for legal aid, you can either visit your local legal aid office or access their website to fill out an application form. You will be required to provide information on your income and assets, as well as the legal issue you need assistance with.

4. What types of legal issues are covered by legal aid?

Legal aid covers a wide range of legal issues, including family law, criminal law, employment law, housing, consumer law, and immigration law.

5. Can I choose my lawyer with legal aid?

In some cases, you may be able to choose your lawyer with legal aid. However, in most cases, the lawyer assigned to you by legal aid will depend on their availability and expertise in the area of law your case involves.

6. How much does legal aid cost?

Legal aid is either free or offered at a reduced cost, depending on your income and assets.

7. What documents do I need to provide for legal aid?

When applying for legal aid, you will need to provide proof of your income and assets, such as bank statements, tax returns, and proof of benefits.

8. Is legal aid available for international cases?

Legal aid is only available for cases that fall within the jurisdiction of the country or state offering legal aid services.

9. Can I appeal a decision made by legal aid?

If you are not satisfied with the decision made by legal aid, you may have the right to appeal the decision. This may involve filling out an appeal form or attending a hearing.

10. How can I find a legal aid office in my area?

You can find a legal aid office in your area by searching online or contacting your local bar association.