Legal Aid

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Facts about Legal Affairs

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Postdeployment User Guide Transition Workbook for Combat Veterans
Naval Health Research Center

  • By planning in advance, you can avoid many legal problems. Make sure you have professional assistance in making important legal decisions and in understanding any legally binding document you sign, particularly those that involve large sums of money.
  • Taking care of your personal legal affairs as soon as you realize you have a problem will give you and your family peace of mind.
  • To save time, you should keep your personal history, employment records, automobile information, insurance, property ownership, and financial
    documents organized in a safe place.
  • If you are active duty, you are entitled to free assistance from licensed attorneys through the US Navy and Marine Corps legal aid programs.

What to Bring to Your Lawyer

It is very helpful to be prepared when you first meet with your attorney or go to a legal aid office. Start out by collecting all of the paperwork that is relevant to your legal problem(s). This will help you save time and resolve your legal situation more effectively.

What to Ask Your Lawyer

If you need to retain legal counsel, you should be ready to ask important questions about the services they will provide and the costs you will incur. It is important to interview an attorney first to make sure that he/she is a good fit for you and your case. The following are some questions you can ask. These are only suggestions, and you may have more specific questions pertaining to your case.
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Legal Resources

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VA Justice Outreach Program
sandiego.va.gov/features/veterans_court.asp

Assist vets with service related mental health and substance abuse problems in the justice system.
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National Veterans Legal Services Program
(202) 265-8305
nvlsp.org
lawyersservingwarriors.com

Offers free legal services for military personnel.
The Lawyers Serving Warriors® program offers pro-bono legal help with disability issues to veterans from all eras. Our current pro-bono initiative is to assist veterans with applications for Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC). In the past, the Lawyers Serving Warriors® program assisted veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan facing administrative separation, going through a medical evaluation board or physical evaluation board, or pursuing a claim with the VA for disability compensation.
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Veterans Legal Clinic – Honoring Our Troops
VFW Post 3787
4370 Twain Ave (one-half a block west off Mission Gorge Rd)
San Diego, CA 92120
(858) 433-0525
hrtroops.org/programs/veterans-legal-clinic

Clinic is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Individuals can receive answers about various legal issues, including disability upgrades, family law, credit repair, and discharge upgrades.
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Veterans Village of San Diego
4141 Pacific Highway
(619) 497-0142
vvsd.net

Legal assistance clinic in partnership with Thomas Jefferson School of Law Homeless court.
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Legal Aid Society of San Diego
(877) 534-2524

Southeast San Diego Office
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F
110 S. Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

Midtown San Diego Office
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F
1764 San Diego Avenue, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92110

North County Office
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F
216 S. Tremont Street
Oceanside, CA 92054

lassd.org

Legal Aid is available to low income individuals & disadvantaged communities for a variety of legal problems, including consumer, family disputes, welfare and health benefits, immigration and poverty law issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, disability support and family benefits payments. Federal Poverty Income Guidelines determine eligibility for free legal services.
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San Diego County Department of the Public Defender
450 B Street, Suite 1100
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 338-4700
sdcounty.ca.gov/public_defender/
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Guidebook for California Incarcerated Veterans
va.gov/HOMELESS/docs/Reentry/09_ca.pdf

Contains information on obtaining benefits, legal assistance, employment, healthcare, and housing.
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Marine Corps Legal Assistance Office
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
3700 Chosin Ave, Building 12
San Diego, CA 92140
(619) 524-4111
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Navy Legal Assistance Office
3395 Sturtevant St, Ste 2
San Diego, CA 92136
(619) 556-1663
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Center for Community Solutions

Coastal Office
4508 Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
858-272-5777

East County Office
460 North Magnolia
El Cajon, CA 92020
619-697-7477

Escondido Office
210 S. Juniper Street
Suite 101
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 747-6282

Family Justice Center
1122 Broadway
San Diego , CA 92101
(866) 933-4673

ccssd.org

Offers legal assistance with family law, restraining orders, and general counsel.
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San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
707 Broadway, Suite 1400
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 235-5656

sdvlp.org

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc. provides free civil legal services to disadvantaged families, seniors, persons with disabilities, persons infected with HIV or AIDS, and domestic violence survivors in San Diego County. If you live in San Diego County and are a low-income individual, you may be eligible for legal assistance.
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Second Chance
6145 Imperial Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
(619) 234-8888
secondchanceprogram.org

Offers job readiness training, counseling, affordable housing, and case management to individuals being released from prison.
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Tenants Legal Center
5252 Balboa Ave., Suite 408
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 571-7100
tenantslegalcenter.com/index.html

Legal assistance offered for tenant issues such as: leases, security deposits, evictions, foreclosures.
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Craig Candalore, Men’s Legal Center, Family Law Advocates
(619) 234-3838
Email: ccandelore@menslegal.com

Offers child custody and credit repair work. Provides a reduced rate for veterans.
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Homeless Advocacy Program of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego
St. Vincent de Paul – Joan Kroc Center
1501 Imperial Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 223-8500
Monday through Thursday 9:00 am – 11:30 am
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Family Self-Help Legal Clinics
Family Law Facilitator’s Office – San Diego County Superior Court
sdcourt.ca.gov

The staff of the Family Law Facilitator’s Office (FLF) is available to help unrepresented parents and parties who have questions about family law issues. They can help you in preparing court forms and can give you general legal information. The Family Law Facilitator’s Office is staffed by court attorneys, paralegals, and clerks with experience in family law. The Family Law Facilitator’s Office does not assist parents or parties who are represented by an attorney. The attorneys at the Family Law Facilitator’s Office are not your lawyer, but are neutral court employees who do not represent any parent or party and may provide information and services to all parties in the case.
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Family Law Facilitator’s Locations
(All offices are closed to the public from noon to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday):

Central Courthouse
220 W. Broadway, Room 4001
San Diego, CA 92101
sdcourt.ca.gov/cc

Paternity, child support, health insurance, child custody, visitation, and domestic violence restraining orders in DCSS cases only.

Family Court Building
1555 Sixth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
sdcourt.ca.gov/fcb

Deals with divorce, paternity, child custody, visitation, spousal support, non-DCSS child support, and domestic violence restraining orders.

Madge Bradley Building
1409 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
sdcourt.ca.gov/mbb

Guardianship forms assistance by appointment only. Call (619) 450-7642

South County Courthouse
500 Third Avenue, Room 390
Chula Vista, CA 91910
sdcourt.ca.gov/scc

Divorce, paternity, child custody, visitation, spousal support, non-DCSS child support

North County Courthouse
325 South Melrose Drive
Vista, CA 92081
sdcourt.ca.gov/ncc

Divorce, paternity, child custody, visitation, spousal support, all child support issues, domestic violence restraining orders

East County Courthouse
250 E. Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92020
sdcourt.ca.gov/ecc

Divorce, paternity, child custody, visitation, spousal support, non-DCSS child support.