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If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Legal Advice Line:

The Legal Advice Line (LAL) is a free legal hotline available to qualified low-income residents living in the Bay Area.  The LAL provides immediate counsel and advice in all languages on a range of civil legal issues.  Attorneys may give a caller legal advice, schedule eligible clients for an appointment in a neighborhood office, or provide the caller with a helpful referral to other social services organizations, when appropriate.

The Legal Advice Line answers 1,500 calls each month. If you are calling for legal help, you may have to wait for your call to be answered. Please be patient. Our attorneys want to make sure that everyone who calls gets the legal help they need.

Note: Bay Area Legal Aid’s attorneys and paralegals help people with civil legal problems. We do not provide help with criminal matters. For help with a criminal matter, please contact your local Public Defender’s office or bar association.

Mondays and Thursdays: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Alameda County – (510) 250-5270
Contra Costa County West – (510) 250-5270
Contra Costa County East – (925) 219-3325
Marin County – (415) 354-6360
Napa County – (707) 320-6348
San Francisco County– (415) 354-6360
San Mateo County – (650) 472-2666
Santa Clara County – (408) 850-7066
Toll-Free – (800) 551-5554

California Relay Service: Dial 711 or from TTY dial 1-800-735-2929 or visit California Relay Service for more information.

County not listed? Visit to find your local legal aid.

Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault Survivors – Dedicated Legal Advice Line:
If you are a survivor of domestic violence or sexual assault, you will need to be referred to our dedicated line by your local Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault agency, police department or court. You may also contact the numbers listed above for housing, public benefits or health access issues only.

Health Consumer Center:
Need help obtaining services from health insurance programs?
Contact the Health Consumer Center at (855) 693-7285 if you need help with a health care issue or if you are having problems with unfair medical billing and need legal help. Visit BayLegal’s Health Consumer Center for more information.

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