There are lots of resources available to help you help yourself and many of them are listed here. No endorsement is implied other than the programs offered by the San Mateo County Bar Association.

Research Links

Justia Justia.com provides a variety of links that could become helpful to anyone in the community. It provides links to legal practice areas, legal research and up-to-date cases in the news.

LeXbe Provides the latest analysis tool needed to successfully handle cases. From anywhere, at anytime.

Resolving a Dispute

Landlord & Tenant Information & Referral of San Mateo County Provides landlords and tenants information on their rights and answers the most frequently asked questions.  English and Spanish.

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County Provides legal advice on civil matters for individuals, families and groups whose incomes are below an established level.

San Mateo County Superior Court Appropriate Dispute Resolution ADR stands for Alternative Dispute Resolution, some people call it “Appropriate” Dispute Resolution. It just means finding a different way to resolve your dispute without going through the court process. There are different kinds of ADR. The San Mateo County Superior Court’s ADR Program is called the “Multi-Option ADR Project” or “MAP,” for short. MAP has programs in seven different areas including Civil, Family Law, Small Claims, Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Delinquency, Probate and Judicial Arbitration.

Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center1660 S. Amphlett Blvd. #219
San Mateo, CA 94402 650-513-0330
The Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC) is a public benefit corporation serving individuals, groups, and organizations throughout San Mateo County. Provides conflict prevention, management, and resolution services and promote the use of non-adversarial processes in a wide variety of situations. Through its mediation programs, PCRC staff and volunteers help clients identify problems, clarify perspectives and concerns, develop viable options, and reach durable and mutually satisfactory agreements.

Sources of Legal Assistance

San Mateo Superior Court Self Help Center Tons of ways to address legal problems, including: Complete Your Legal Forms Online; Traffic Information; Small Claims; Domestic Violence; Local Forms; Local Rules; Being Your Own Lawyer; Child Custody and Visitation; Child Support; Divorce and Separation; Mediation and Arbitration; Modifying Court Orders; Temporary Restraining Orders; Information and Legal Help; Resources and Assistance.

Lawyer Referral Service of the
San Mateo County Bar Association
The Lawyer Referral Service (certified by the State Bar of California), for a nominal fee, provides you with the name of an attorney so that you can set up an interview of up to thirty minutes with an attorney who practices in the area of law related to your problem.

Other County Lawyer Referral Services Certified by the California State Bar Association.

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County Provides legal advice on civil matters for individuals, families and groups whose incomes are below an established level.

La Raza Centro Legal Employment, housing, immigration, senior, and youth law for Spanish-speaking community; numerous legal clinics.

Legal Services for Children Services and representation for minors, including guardianship, emancipation, special education, school discipline hearings.

Nolo Press Self Help Books on a variety of legal topics – written in plain English!

California Courts Self Help Center Online Self-Help Center provides assistance and information on working better with an attorney, and self-representation in some legal matters, finding low-cost legal assistance, small claims and more.

San Mateo County Law Library The mission of the San Mateo County Law Library is to provide access to legal materials to all persons interested in the law. To meet this end, the Law Library is a resource library open to the Judiciary, members of the State Bar of California, and all residents of the County of San Mateo and the State of California, for the purpose of legal research and legal information.

Identity Theft – What to do

California State Attorney General’s Guide for Victims of Identity Theft.

Consumer Resources

County of San Mateo Home Page The online source for county services and information.

Better Business Bureau Find out if consumers reports have been filed against at local company; consumer tips on selecting contractors, home improvement projects; insurance; charities and more.

California Contractors State Licensing Board Consumer complaints; license checks; applying for a license; general consumer information.

California Medical Board Consumer complaints; access to medical records, choosing a doctor, etc.

State Bar of California License checks; consumer complaints; working with attorneys; fee arbitration programs; lawyer referral services and other consumer information.

California Department of Real Estate License checks, applying for a license; consumer complaints; consumer protection information.

Consumer Action Advancing consumer rights, referring consumers to complaint-handling agencies through our free hotline, publishing educational materials in Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages, advocating for consumers in the media and before lawmakers, and comparing prices on credit cards, bank accounts, and long distance services.

State Attorney General Public Inquiry Unit Consumer complaints and investigations.

County of San Mateo District Attorney Consumer & Environmental Protection Enforces laws against false advertising, unfair competition and other forms of consumer fraud.

California Dept. of Consumer Affairs Consumer complaints and investigations; extensive information for consumers and professional licensing and complaints database.

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Complaint Form for complaints about transactions with  companies, violations of No Not Call List, Identity Theft, online transactions with foreign companies, and email fraud/spam.

Non Profit Information The ABC’s of Non Profits  Click on the link and search for this book!  This guidebook offers a basic introduction to what a nonprofit corporation is; how it is formed; options for organizational structure; operating the corporation; basic tax; and much more.

Stop Unwanted Credit Card Offers If you have received an unsolicited fax or received a fax from someone who has not received your prior express permission in writing, you may file a complaint by completing the FCC’s online Consumer Complaint Form.

Reporting Unwanted Faxes Federal law required the credit reporting agencies to set up a toll-free number for consumers to stop the agencies from selling your name and credit rating to other businesses. (888) 5-OPTOUT (567.8688)

Stop Unwanted Catalogs If you would prefer not to receive catalogs from any direct mail company, you may contact the Direct Marketing Association, Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, New York, 10512. 212.768.7277.

Other Resources

211 Bay Area
211 is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day in more than 150 languages.
California Youth Crisis
Statewide youth crisis counseling and information.

Medicare The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare – Eligibility, Nursing Homes, Physician Directory & more.