The Public Law Center’s Services

Looking for support with a legal issue? Public Law Center offers free legal services to low-income residents of Orange County. You can find information on our services offered below.

To receive assistance, please call the phone number listed below that is associated with the category of issue you need support with. When you call, please leave a voicemail with your name and phone number, and we will return your call within 5-6 business days.

Leave a voicemail at: 714-541-1010 ext. 303

PLC works to preserve and create affordable housing in Orange County, prevent homelessness, and assist tenants who are being unfairly evicted or who are subjected to sub-standard living conditions. PLC can assist with:

  • Subsidized Housing Terminations (Section 8 Vouchers)
  • Unlawful Detainer/Eviction Defense
  • Security Deposit Refunds
  • Housing Conditions
  • Enforcement of the Mobilehome Residency Law
  • Affordable Housing Advocacy
  • Training Tenants, Advocates, and Community Organizations on Housing Rights
  • Forming Tenant or Mobilehome Resident Associations
  • Housing Discrimination and Disability Rights
  • Enforcement of California Land Use Laws
  • Mobilehome Title Disputes

Leave a voicemail at: 714-541-1010 ext. 341

PLC assists community-based nonprofit organizations, childcare providers, and micro-business owners. Some examples of how we are able to assist our clients are:

  • Employment Law
  • Commercial Leases
  • Minimizing Liability and Insurance
  • Tax Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Start-up and Choice of Business Entity
  • Business Contracts
  • Nonprofit Formation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Land Use (including Conditional Use Permits)
  • Government Licensing

Leave a voicemail at: 714-541-1010 ext. 374 for abuse, abduction, and restraining order matters, and ext. 367 for all other family law matters

PLC assists litigants with family law issues including:

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Child/Spousal Support
  • Marital Asset and Debt Division
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • Guardianship
  • Limited Conservatorships
  • Restraining Order Matters

Leave a voicemail at: 714-541-1010 ext. 235 for bankruptcy, ext. 222 for Federal Pro Se, and ext. 366 for all other consumer issues

PLC provides legal advice and counsel to clients on a wide variety of consumer legal issues, including:

  • Debt Collection
  • Bankruptcy
  • Consumer Warranty & Fraud Claims
  • Creditor Harassment
  • Wage Garnishment
  • Foreclosure Prevention
  • Student Loans
  • Automobile Financing Issues.
  • Identity Theft
  • Predatory Lending and Home Equity Scams
  • Unfair and Deceptive Practices
  • Elder Abuse

Leave a voicemail at: 714-541-1010 ext. 332

We provide assistance in the following areas of relief:

  • Deportation Defense (removal defense)
  • Relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (victims of domestic violence by abusers with lawful immigration status)
  • U Visa (victims of serious crimes)
  • T Visa (victims of trafficking)
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (for undocumented minors who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by one or both of their parents)
  • Adjustment of status (application for legal permanent residence)
  • Asylum (for those fleeing persecution in their home countries)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (for undocumented minors who entered the United States as children and were educated in the U.S.)
  • Naturalization Assistance (for qualified immigrants who wish to become U.S. citizens)
  • Counseling about Immigration Consequences of Criminal Charges
  • Other Miscellaneous Cases

Leave a voicemail at: 714-541-1010 ext. 373

In collaboration with medical providers, PLC‘s on-site services to medical patients includes legal services related to:

  • Wills
  • Employment
  • Advance Health Care Directives
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Limited Conservatorships & Guardianships
  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes
  • Disability Rights
  • Support for Individuals who are HIV Positive

Leave a voicemail at: 714-541-1010 ext. 301

This program is dedicated to providing Orange County veterans and their families with free legal assistance to facilitate their re-entry into civilian life, including those who are homeless. Legal issues for veterans include:

  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes
  • Military and Veterans Benefits
  • Healthcare
  • Expungement of Criminal Records
  • Discharge Upgrades
  • Military Sexual Trauma

Leave a voicemail at: 714-541-1010 ext. 340

PLC can support individual low-income taxpayers with tax issues before

the Internal Revenue Service and in the United States Tax Court, including:

  • Examinations
  • Administrative Appeals
  • Injured Spouse
  • Tax-Related Identity Theft
  • Employee Misclassification
  • Collection Matters
  • Innocent Spouse