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Legal & Advocacy



601 E St. NW, Washington DC


Non-profit membership organization providing advocacy and services, free tax preparation help, drivers safety program, insurance programs and more for adults age 50+. See


Adult Protective Services (APS)Investigates reports of elder and dependent adult abuse and neglect. Intervenes to resolve the problems that place the adult at risk, and refers him/her to needed services that allow the individual to stay safely in his/her home if possible.


Lake County

16170 Main St., Unit C, PO Box 9000, Lower Lake

888-221-2204 or 995-4680

Night/weekend emergency




Mendocino County

764 S. Franklin St., PO Box 1306, Fort Bragg

747 S. State St., PO Box 839, Ukiah

877-327-1799 or 463-7900

472 E. Valley St., Willits


24-Hour emergency line 877-327-1799



Area Agency on Aging of Lake & Mendocino Counties (AAA)

14092 Lakeshore Dr. Clearlake; Mail to: PO Box 9000, Lower Lake


Plans and coordinates the development and delivery of local programs and services to individuals age 60+. See


Behavioral Health/Mental Health Patient's Rights Advocate
Provides representation for behavioral health/mental health clients.


Lake County



Mendocino County




California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)

650 Harrison St., 2ndFl., San Francisco

800-474-1116 or 415-974-5171

Dedicated to improving the quality of care for California's long-term care consumers, and educating people about nursing homes, residential care/assisted living, and long-term care issues. Pre-placement counseling, estate planning information, Medi-Cal, and on-line nursing home and residential care/assisted living guides and fact sheets. Lawyer referral service. See


California Indian Legal Services

117 J St., Ste. 300, Sacramento

800-829-0284 ext. 350 or 916-978-0960 ext. 350

Provides legal assistance for issues specific to Federal Indian Law for elders, land issues, wills, and probate. Eligibility: individuals below 125% income guidelines, according to Legal Services Corp. Some individuals up to 200% of income guidelines accepted. See


Disability Services & Legal Center

415 Talmage Rd., Ste. B, Ukiah

Provides independent living skills training, information and referral, Social Security Administration benefits counseling, peer support, and assistive technology solutions. Free disability law clinic at Ukiah office second Thu of the month, by appointment only. Off-site hours in Lake County available; call for an appointment.


Lake County Mediations

PO Box 1173, Lakeport, CA 95453

380 N. Main Street, Ste. I, Lakeport


Provides trained mediators as an alternative to litigation for many types of conflict: landlord/tenant issues, elder care issues, business, real estate, neighborhood disputes, organizational conflict, and many others. A mediator facilitates respectful communication and empowers the parties to discuss, analyze, and problem solve in a collaborative manner. Eligibility: Per person fee per mediated session; sliding scale for those on low fixed incomes. Call to schedule an appointment; no walk-ins. See


Lake Family Resource Center ~ Rape & Domestic Violence Crisis Center

5350 Main St., Kelseyville


24/7 crisis line 888-485-7733

Provides services to victims and families. Advocacy, peer counseling and restraining orders are available. Therapy and counseling services. Shelter for women, men, and children through the Freedom House. See

Website provides information about common legal issues and a directory of organizations that offer free or low-cost legal advice and representation. The site is administered by The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC), a statewide membership organization for the almost 100 nonprofits funded through IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Account) grants by the State Bar of California. See


Legal Services of Northern California ~ Senior Law Project

421 N. Oak St., Ukiah

877-529-7700 or 462-1471

Provides free legal assistance to seniors 60+ and to low-income residents of Lake and Mendocino Counties in the areas of housing - tenant rights, public benefits, health rights, foreclosure, naturalization, criminal records clean-up, and education cases. Additional services for seniors 60+ include Advance Health Care Directives, planning for incapacity, elder abuse, consumer rights, and senior scamming. Call or visit office to determine eligibility to receive services. See or


Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program of Lake and Mendocino Counties

14092 Lakeshore Dr., Clearlake, Mail to: PO Box 9000, Lower Lake


24-hour reporting line 800-231-4024

Receives and investigates complaints made by or on behalf of residents of nursing and residential care homes. Visits facilities regularly to monitor quality of care. See


Mendocino County Behavioral Health Advisory Board

1120 S. Dora St., Ukiah

Advisory body to the Board of Supervisors and Mental Health Services Director on matters concerning mental health in the county.


Native American Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program

77826 Covelo Rd., Covelo


Provides support for victims of domestic violence, including transportation, court accompaniment, assistance with restraining orders, referrals to counseling, etc. See


Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy

427 F. St., Ste. 232, Eureka


Advocates on behalf of persons with a developmental/intellectual disability in Lake and Mendocino Counties; services include consultation, representation, training, investigating complaints, and assuring compliance of law by facilities and other service providers. May also assist the individual, who feels he/she has a developmental disability and should qualify for Regional Center services, in his/her attempt to be found eligible for those services. Eligibility: Any person with a developmental/intellectual disability. See


Project Sanctuary

461 N. Franklin St., Fort Bragg


@RCMS Dental Clinic, 175 Main St., Point Arena

564 S. Dora St., PO Box 450, Ukiah


24-hour Crisis Line

800-575-HELP (4357)

Services to prevent and lessen the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault, including 24-hour crisis hotline; emergency safe shelter for battered women and their children; peer counseling, transitional housing program in Ukiah; individual and group counseling; prevention and education programs; legal assistance; and a volunteer program. See


Public Guardian/Public Administrator

The Public Guardian initiates the Court process to invoke and renew conservatorships. The Public Administrator handles the affairs of individuals who die without family to administer their estates. Provides case management for conserved persons with mental health disabilities, dementia, or severe frailty.

Lake County

16170 Main St., PO Box 9000, Lower Lake


Mendocino County

747 S. State St., PO Box 839, Ukiah



Self-Help & Family Law Facilitators Centers

Family Law Facilitator offers free legal assistance to those representing themselves in matters of divorce, separation, child support, visitation, custody, spousal support, and maintenance of health insurance. Assistance available for guardianships, civil harassment, evictions, name changes, and answers to domestic violence restraining orders. Other areas of Self-Help assistance may include small claims, evictions, expungements of misdemeanor criminal records, etc.


California Courts Online Self-Help Center

Website provides information that enables individuals to work better with an attorney, and represent themselves in some legal matters. English, Spanish, and other languages. See


Lake County Superior Court

7000-A S. Center Dr., Clearlake

994-6598 ext. 3



Mendocino County Superior Court

100 N. State St., Ukiah



         Family Law Facilitator, Rm. 212

         Self-Help Center, Rm. 304
Clinics also held in Fort Bragg on 2nd and 4th Fri.

Senior Legal Hotline ~ Western States Pension Assistance Project


Provides free pension counseling and assistance to residents of California,

Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii or nonresidents with questions about

retirement benefits earned in those states. Call, or submit email inquiry through website. See


State Council on Developmental Disabilities North Coast

505 S. State St., PO Box 245, Ukiah


The council advocates promotes and implements policies and practices that achieve self determination independence productivity and inclusion in all aspects of community life for Californians with Developmental Disabilities and their families.



Victim / Witness Program

Offers comprehensive support for victims of violent crime. Includes crisis intervention, emergency assistance, resource referral and follow-up including for counseling/therapy. Assists in applying to the State Victims Compensation Program. Provides orientation to the Criminal Justice System, supplies court escort and support, case status and disposition. Assists with restitution recovery, employer and creditor intervention, and more. Networks with county and community agencies.


Lake County

420 Second St., Lakeport




Mendocino County

County Courthouse, Rm. 501

100 N. State St., PO Box 144, Ukiah

800-785-3332 or 463-4218

Appointments may be arranged at offices in Fort Bragg.











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