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Lawyers are experts with special training that helps them know much more about court procedures and applying the law to particular situations than many others know or can learn on their own. For this reason, you can sometimes save time and money by hiring a lawyer to handle some or all of your court case.

If you feel that you cannot afford to hire a lawyer to handle your whole court case, you can consider hiring a lawyer to help you with just parts of the case (such as checking over court forms, attending a court hearing, or attending a deposition). This kind of legal help is sometimes called “unbundled legal services.” If you have very low income, you might qualify to get free legal help from legal aid.

To find a lawyer, you can contact:


What they offer:

Online Legal Resource Guide

Contra Costa County Bar Association


  • Legal Services Directory
  • Legal Guidance Organizations

Bay Area Legal Aid

(800) 551-5554


  • Legal help for people with very low incomes
  • Legal information workshops (especially for landlord/tenant, domestic violence, and collections cases)
  • Written materials about different legal issues

Contra Costa County Bar Association

Lawyer Referral & Information Service

(925) 825-5700


  • Referrals to lawyers who handle your kind of court case
  • Referrals to lawyers who will consult with you for $30 for 30 minutes
  • Free Legal Workshops (check website for schedule)

Contra Costa County Law Library
The Congress of Neutrals

A clinc for self-represented litigants.

Family Law Facilitator

Contra Costa Superior Court

(925) 646-4099

751 Pine Street, Martinez

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Help preparing court forms for cases involving:
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Divorce
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Paternity

The Law Center

(866) 543-8017


Helps low income residents of Contra Costa, who do not qualify for or cannot get legal aid, to get free or low cost legal services



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