Consumer Rights & Economic Justice

Consumer Rights & Economic Justice, assists with a wide variety of consumer matters, including consumer fraud, unfair business practices, foreclosure and real estate fraud. The Debtor Assistance Project (DAP) is part of Consumer Rights & Economic Justice. DAP assists with several types of bankruptcy-related matters. Read More

Contact Information

 

  Consumer Issues

  • For the fastest response, please fill out our online application.

  • If you are not able to fill out the online application, you may leave us a message at (213) 385-2977 ext. 700. 

  • If you have an issue related to PACE financing (Ygrene, CalFirst, Hero, or E3) please call (213) 385-2977 x306

  • We offer a clinic at the Los Angeles Public Library twice a month.  Please click the following links for information on how to make an appointment:
    (English | Spanish

  Bankruptcy Assistance

  • The L.A. Bankruptcy Self-Help Desk (flyers: English | Spanish) is open Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 2–4 p.m. Closed on court holidays. Arrive 30-60 minutes early for security.
  • You may also apply for bankruptcy assistance using our online application. If you are unable to complete the online application, you may visit our Bankruptcy Self-Help Desk. 
  • Bankruptcy Self Help Desk Public Counsel's Bankruptcy Self-Help Desk provides walk-in bankruptcy advice on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Proskauer Federal Pro Se Clinic Public Counsel's Proskauer Federal Pro Se Clinic assists unrepresented litigants in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
  • Bankruptcy Find out answers to frequently asked questions about bankruptcy, how to use credit wisely after bankruptcy, and your legal rights during and after bankruptcy, in these publications from the National Consumer Law Center and Nolo Press.
  • Claim of Exemption from Wage Garnishment Is someone taking part of your paycheck? You may be able to stop this with a claim of exemption. Find out more in this flyer created by Staff Attorney Brian Bilford of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.
  • Credit Cards What to think about before taking out a new card, advice on the new credit card protections, and how to legally settle your credit card debt.
  • Credit Counseling, Credit Reports, Credit Scores, and Credit Repair Find out the truth about credit counseling, credit reports, credit scores, and credit repair.
  • Debt Collection Find out how to get real help with debt problems, and dealing with debt collection harassment.
  • Disputes with Attorneys The Los Angeles County Bar Association and California State Bar each offer methods for dealing a dispute you might have with an attorney you have hired.
  • Fraud Learn how you can protect yourself and report fraud by using these resources from the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.
  • Health Care Find information about health care and health insurance, and how to avoid health care scams.
  • Homeowners Learn how to save your home from foreclosure, avoid high-cost home loans, and other resources for homeowners.
  • Identity Theft Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It's a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation -- and can take time, money, and patience to resolve.
  • IRS Information Useful information from the IRS, including offers in compromise, the collection process, and taxes and bankruptcy.
  • Older Consumers Find out more about issues pertaining to older Americans, including bankruptcy, identity thefty, credit cards and reverse mortgages in these publications from the National Consumer Law Center.
  • Payday Loans Payday loans are short-term cash loans based on personal checks held for future deposit or on electronic access to the borrower's bank account.
  • Renters & Eviction Issues Help for renters who are about to be evicted, and tenants who are renting properties that have fallen into foreclosure.
  • Self-Help Resource Centers Located at Superior Court locations throughout L.A. County, Self-Help Resource Centers provide education and assistance to parties who do not have attorneys and need to complete documents and court procedures on their own.
  • Useful Websites These links provide information on legal resources, general consumer information, legal services, resource centers, car information, helpful financial tools, retailer and trade associations, and government websites.