Public Counsel provides a wide variety of legal services to low-income individuals, nonprofits and small businesses.  For more information about the types of matters for which Public Counsel can provide assistance, please click on the relevant links below, or call (213) 385-2977.

For resources on issues pertaining to Covid-19, please click here. 

Hablamos Español. Si usted se siente más cómodo hablando Español, Public Counsel tiene personas bilingües que le pueden asistir.  Llame al (213) 385-2977.

If You Need Legal Services

Public Counsel provides assistance in the following areas.  Click on links for more information.


Children and Youth Legal Issues

Consumer and Debtor Issues

Federal Court Cases

Government Benefits

  • CalWORKS
  • CalFresh (Food Stamps)
  • Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI)
  • General Relief
  • My Healthy LA
  • Medi-Cal
  • Social Security
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • VA (Veterans) Benefits

Homelessness Prevention

Women and Girls

  • Sexual Harassment/Discrimination in Employment
  • Sexual Harassment/Discrimination at School (Title IX)
  • Other Workplace Justice Issues




  • Deported Veterans Legal Services Project
  • Legal Representation for Veterans
  • Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Claims
  • Certain State and Federal Warrants Resolved
  • VA and Other Government Benefits Advocacy

For Nonprofits Serving Low-Income Communities

  • Affordable Housing Advocacy and Legal Support
  • Board of Directors Training
  • Contracts
  • Nonprofit Formation
  • Employment Law Advice
  • Intellectual Property (Trademark, Copyright)
  • Lobbying Issues
  • Real Estate/ Land Use
  • Tax Exemption (501(c)(3))

For Child Care Providers

  • Business Formation
  • Facility Development
  • Insurance
  • Land Use, Permits
  • Landlord-Tenant Issues
  • Nonprofit Centers 
  • Parent-Provider Contracts

For Other Small Businesses

  • Business Formation
  • Contracts
  • Intellectual Property (Trademark, Patent, Copyright)
  • Transactional Legal Services

As a private nonprofit, Public Counsel generally does not charge for its legal services.  We rely on our donors and volunteers to enable us to provide services to as many clients as possible.  In some areas, there are far more clients seeking help than there are resources available to help.  Applying for legal services will not automatically result in acceptance of your case. 

Public Counsel does not handle criminal law matters or matters relating to personal injury, divorce, or child custody.  For information about criminal law representation, click  For information about representation in family law matters, click or

If you are in need of a private attorney, contact

Los Angeles County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(213) 243-1525


Beverly Hills Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
(310) 601-2440

NOTE: This web site has been prepared for general information purposes only. The information on this web site is not legal advice. If you are in need of legal help in one of the areas described above, please contact Public Counsel to apply for legal services.