Small Claims Local Resources
Small Claims Advisory
(805)781-5856 ext 39am-12
Cost: FreeAssist in completing small claims forms, answer procedural questions
and provides referrals to legal resources and publications.
California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)
(805)544-7994 Closed Wed. 1pm- 5pm Cost: Free
Tenant/Landlord workshops and attorneys available. Help with
Housing, Labor & Employment, Evictions. No assist with Family
Law, Criminal Law or debt collection.
San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance (must be 60+yrs)
(805)543-5140 Cost: Free
-Senior Legal Services Project -Government Benefits Program
-Veterans Assistance Programs
San Luis Obispo County Law Library
(805)781-5855 Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
Creative Mediation Services:
Offers alternative dispute resolution through mediation. Mediation is not mandatory but is available to both parties at no cost after the filing of the Small Claims suit. For more information call
(805)549-0442 or visit their website at www.creativemediation.net
If you are a student at Cal Poly State University or Cuesta Community College, you may have an attorney available to you for consultation through your schools. Contact your school for more information.
Local Process Serving:
SLO Sheriff Civil Division 2nd floor of the courthouse. Call 805-781-5484
Private Process Servers-Call the Small Claims Advisor or search the internet in the county nearest the person you want served for costs and details. Great for night and weekend service.
Available to read online through the DCA website at www.dca.ca.gov . Search:
1)The Small Claims court, A guide to its practical use
2)California Tenants, A Guide to Residential Tenants and Landlords Rights and Responsibilities. For purchase through Nolo at www.nolo.com
3)Everybody’s Guide to Small Claims Court in California 20th Edition
4) Neighbor Law 9th Edition