Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services in Southeast Los Angeles County provide free legal and tax-related services to eligible individuals who reside in LASOC and CLS service areas. Specific service criteria vary by subject matter and change over time, so please contact our Hotline for a professional eligibility screening with specific questions.
LASOC and CLS serve clients who meet the financial eligibility criteria of the Legal Services Corporation, the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program, and other agencies that provide funding to our special programs. Clients are required to have incomes that fall at or below 125% to 200% of the federal poverty threshold, depending on their other financial obligations. Other funding agencies have similar income guidelines or do not require a means test (such as LASOC’s Senior Citizens Legal Advocacy Program, which serves Orange County residents over the age of 60).
The eligibility criteria of LASOC and CLS funding agencies can also include restrictions on types of cases that can be handled and the legal status of clients. Individuals who are not clients and who are only provided legal information by LASOC and CLS are not required to meet financial eligibility tests or other qualifications.
Legal Aid Society of Orange County serves all the cities and unincorporated areas in Orange County. It service area includes: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Westminster and Yorba Linda. In Orange County, its offices are located in the City of Santa Ana and in the City of Anaheim.
Community Legal Services serves 19 cities in southeast Los Angeles County. The Compton CLS office serves the cities of: Carson, Compton, Cudahy, Hollydale, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, South Gate, Walnut Park and Willowbrook. The Norwalk CLS office serves Artesia, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, Paramount, and Whittier.