For families and individuals with low incomes, the cost of legal representation is a major obstacle to obtaining justice. Legal aid societies are nonprofit corporations that receive private and public funding in order to provide legal representation to low-income individuals in a variety of areas of law, including family law, criminal law and immigration law. In order to serve low-income families in Lancaster, California, there are several legal aid societies located throughout Los Angeles County.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles provides legal representation for low-income families in Lancaster. The foundation represents low-income individuals in a variety of immigration cases, including naturalization and deportation proceedings. The foundation also represents victims of domestic violence, persons receiving federal housing assistance and persons who have had their government benefits terminated. The foundation also accept family law clients, including child custody cases, sexual assault cases and victims of child concealment.
Bet Tzedek is a Jewish legal aid society that has provided free legal assistance to more than 10,000 low-income individuals from a variety of racial and religious backgrounds. Bet Tzedek accepts a variety of cases on behalf of low-income families, including landlord-tenant disputes, unlawful debt collection cases, government benefits cases, consumer fraud cases and elder abuse cases. Bet Tzedek does not accept criminal, immigration or divorce cases.
Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law
The Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law exclusively accepts family law cases on behalf of low-income individuals living in Los Angeles County, including in Lancaster. Through the Center's pro per program, low-income individuals receive free assistance in preparing and filing court documents in a variety of family law cases, including petitions for divorce and child support. The Center also operates the Child Support Project, which provides free legal representation on behalf of children living below the poverty line who are not receiving regular child support payments.
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
This organization provides legal representation on a variety of legal issues for low-income individuals in Lancaster, including housing law, domestic violence cases, family law, immigration law, employment law and public benefits. The organization also operates the Health Consumer Center, a community think-tank devoted to increasing access to health care for low-income families. The organization also accepts cases pertaining to the violation of the civil rights on a pro bono basis.