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Self Help Support

Selfhelpsupport.org is a membership site for pro se practitioners and serves as an online national clearinghouse of information relating to self-representation.

Their mission is to support practitioners in the courts, community, and legal profession through the dissemination of relevant information on self-help and legal aid programs. 

Willows Court Services

Self-Help Center
Address: 119 N. Butte Street, Willows, CA 95988
Phone: 530-934-7114
Fax: 530-934-6736
In-Person Hours: Call for an appointment.
Phone Hours: Mondays and Fridays - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(no closure during the lunch hour)

The Self-Help Center staff does not give legal advice such as one would obtain from private counsel. There is no confidential attorney-client relationship between attorneys at the center and the self-represented litigants who seek legal information. The staff will provide information about procedure, substantive law and choices litigants may have, thereby allowing people to make informed decisions about their cases. Staff can assist litigants in completing their legal forms by explaining what information is being sought.

Serving the Public

  • Special consideration is given to making the Self-Help Center site in Glenn County “user friendly” to everyone, regardless of language or ability.
  • Many of the resource materials will be available in Spanish.
  • The Self-Help Center will also provide community based referrals to agencies and non-profit organizations to further help people access the assistance they may need.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Another key component to the program is to encourage resolution of legal problems through non-adversarial means Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation services are as valuable to the self-represented litigant as they are to the courts. Mediation is a means of resolving disputes between the parties, which is far less stressful than appearing before a judge in court. Mediation focuses on problem solving that best meets the needs of both parties. The use of Mediation is strongly encouraged by the courts.

The Self-Help Center will be working closely with the offices of the Family Law Facilitators in Butte, Glenn and Tehama Counties. Together, these organizations will provide assistance and referrals for all areas of Family Law, including Divorce, Child Custody and visitation, Establishment of Paternity, Step Parent Adoptions, and Guardianships. For Child or Spousal support matters, contact the Family Law Facilitator at 530-934-7114.

The Self-Help Center will be working with the Department of Child Support Services to help make sure child support orders are fair and correct under the standards s established by the State of California.

Glenn County Family Law Facilitator
530-934-7304

Information in available to:

  • Establish paternity (fatherhood);
  • Obtain or modify a court order for child support and / or spousal support;
  • Calculate child support amount;
  • Assist parents in reaching agreements on child support, spousal support and health insurance agreements; and
  • Forms assistance and referrals.

Glenn County District Attorney
Family Support Division
530-934-6527
Assistance with obtaining, collection and enforcement of child support orders

Glenn County Sheriff – Civil Division
530-934-6523
Process Service

Glenn County Recorder
530-934-6412
Marriage license, birth certificates, fictitious business license, deed transfers

Glenn County Court Mediation
530-934-6301

Glenn County Court Clerk’s Office

  • Willows Main Courthouse
  • 530-934-6446
  • Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
     
  • Orland Branch Office
  • 530-865-1101
  • Office Hours Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To print information about the “Willow Court Services”, please click on the link below:

“Public Assistance & Legal Information – Willows Court Services”

Community Services

Catalyst Domestic Violence Services
530-343-7711 Chico Business Office
530-865-6142 Glenn County
1-800-895-8476 24 hour crisis line
 
Services Available:

  • Emergency shelter
  • Counseling and support groups for victims of domestic violence
  • Weekly domestic violence restraining order clinics Community trainings

Community Legal Information Center
530-898-4354
University students provide information on:

  • Family law;
  • Traffic law;
  • Domestic violence;
  • Worker’s rights;
  • Housing law;
  • Social security disability; and
  • Legal information and referral.

Lawyer Referral Service
530-891-6808

Legal Services of Northern California
530-345-9491 or 1-800-345-9491
Offers:

  • Legal services for low income individuals;
  • Weekly eviction clinics for tenants; and
  • Legal information and referral.

Northern Valley Catholic Social Service
1-800-846-1451
Provide individuals and family counseling on a sliding scale fee.

Small Claims Advisor
530-934-6461

To print information about the “Community Services”, please click on the link below:

“Public Assistance & Legal Information – Chico Community Services”

 

Legal Service of Northern California

Butte Regional Office
541 Normal Ave., P.O. Box 3728
Chico, CA 95927
530-345-9491 or 800-345-9491
530-345-6913 fax

The following is a summary of services offered on a regular basis by the Butte Regional Office (BRO) of Legal Service of Northern California; the focus of those service and community resources available in BRO’s Four county service areas (Butte, Glenn, Plumas and Tehama).
 

Housing

Housing Telephone Intake

Tues & Thurs
9-11 am

Legal advice provided to tenants.

Unlawful Detainer Clinic (Eviction Defense)

Mon
9 am

Legal assistance with pleadings in response to a UD

Representation

Legal representation on individual cases with compelling and/or impact issues.

BRO’s focus is on fair housing issues, subsidy cases, creating and maintaining affordable housing options and avoiding eviction.
 

Public Benefits

Public Benefits
Telephone Intake

9 am-12 pm
1 pm –5 pm

Legal advice to recipients of food stamps, TANF, Medi-Cal, MCSP, SSI, GA, and IHSS.

Representation

Legal representation on individual cases with compelling and / or impact issues.

BRO’s focus is on cases involving welfare fraud or sanctions, eligibility denials, scope of service IHSS.
 

Senior Law Project

Outreach

By appointment only.
Call Passages Adult Resource Center

Legal advice is provided to seniors monthly at fourteen outreach sites throughout the region (Chico, Oroville, Paradise, Gridley, Red Bluff, Corning, Los Molinos, Orland, Willows, Colusa, and Quincy)
 

Representation

Legal representation on individual cases with compelling and/or impact issues.

 
BRO focus is on cases involving elder abuse, consumer fraud, credit counseling, SSA/SSI overpayments, Medi-Cal issues, and Long Term Case Medi-Cal, basic civil and estate issues.

Community Resources:

  • Passages Adult Resource Center (Butte, Colusa, Tehama, Plumas, and Glenn Counties)
    1-800-822-0109

     
  • County Family Law Facilitator’s Office and/or The Department of Child Support Services

 

For more information about the “Legal Services of Northern California”, please click on the link below:

“Legal Services of Northern California”

 

Suggested Reading

“Represent Yourself in Court”
By Paul Bergman and Sara Berman-Barrett.
Nolo Press

This book and other law related self-help books are available at local libraries and area bookstores

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