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LawHelp Interactive Programs

This page is for court self-help center staff.  

Courts that want to provide links to HotDocs programs on their local court websites should copy the specific program links below onto internal self-help center or public sites.  This will allow litigants to go directly to LawHelpInteractive.org.  Please do not publish links to the Equal Access site (these informational pages) as it is intended for court self-help center staff.

If programs will be accessed by self-represented litigants on a public website, we recommend the inclusion of descriptive content with the links, including local filing instructions and local forms, if needed.  Please contact Karen Cannata at karen.cannata@jud.ca.gov or Diana Glick at diana.glick@jud.ca.gov for assistance with getting started with HotDocs and disseminating and displaying links to the programs.

If your court is new to HotDocs and LawHelp Interactive, please contact Karen Cannata at Karen.cannata@jud.ca.gov.  We will connect you with a community of courts using document assembly and ensure that you receive ongoing support and important updates to the programs.  It will also be very helpful to us to have an accurate list of courts using LHI/HotDocs for reporting purposes.

Please see the documents below for a LHI/HotDocs Overview and Instructions.

Document Name Users

LHI/HotDocs Overview



1.  Guide To Using LawHelp Interactive


2.  How to Register for a Court Employee and Advocate LHI Account


3.  How to Register for a “Self-Helper” LHI Account

Staff and litigants

4.  How to Access and Work with Saved Answers

Staff and litigants

5.  How to Use the Foreign Service Programs


Statewide Programs

Divorce Starter Kit Program
This program can be used by petitioners to start the dissolution process before they come to the self-help center. It does not fully populate the forms.

It includes the Request for Order (FL-300), which generates if the petitioner indicates he/she needs to request an order before the divorce is final. It also includes the Declaration Regarding Notice and Service of Request For Temporary Emergency (Ex Parte) Orders and Temporary Emergency (Ex Parte) Orders (FL-305) if the petitioner indicates he/she needs emergency orders.

Dissolution Petition and Disclosures
This program completes the dissolution petition and disclosures and is designed for workshop use.  Answer files saved with this program can be used to complete the Dissolution Foreign Service program.

Dissolution Foreign Service
Designed for staff use. This program generates the Spanish versions of the Judicial Council forms and allows the user to enter translated data from the petitioner’s filing documents. You can use it with or without a saved HotDocs answer file. See Instructions for Dissolution Foreign Service Program.

Domestic Violence Programs
These programs include information designed to enable self-represented litigants to use the program on their own. However, it is recommended that petitioners seek help with filing a restraining order through domestic violence advocates or the self-help center.

Guardianship Program
Designed for staff use.  This program will assist proposed guardians to present a complete petition for guardianship for up to five children and includes a fee waiver petition. Courts that would like to offer this program should contact Diana Glick at diana.glick@jud.ca.gov in order to provide local court information and indicate whether the court accepts the GC-210 or the GC-210(P).

Fee Waiver Request-Guardianship/Conservatorship
This is a standalone fee waiver request for guardianship and conservatorship matters, and can be used when a guardian or conservator represents a ward or conservatee in a civil matter.  The questions are designed to help the user fill out the FW-001-GC and the FW-003-GC for a single ward or conservatee.

Name Change Petition

Small Claims Triage
The “Small Claims Triage” program was originally designed by the Orange County Superior Court to help people decide on their options for resolving a small claims matter. It is an A2J program that produces a Word document with useful links and resources at the end of a Question and Answer interview; it does not complete Judicial Council small claims forms. The program has been tested and works well on mobile devices.

Detailed local information regarding small claims resources are now included for Orange and San Bernardino counties. Users in other counties receive generic information that is accurate statewide. If you would like to have the program provide specific resources and information for users in your county, we will provide you with a Word document to update. We will then incorporate that document into the program so that it will generate for users in your county. To learn more, please contact Xiaoyu Zhang at Xiaoyu.zhang@jud.ca.gov or (415)-865-7604.

County Programs

Inyo County Domestic Violence Programs

Kern County Superior Court Programs

Los Angeles Guardianship Programs

Los Angeles Workshop and Clinic Programs

Los Angeles Domestic Abuse Self-Help Project (DASH) Clinic Programs

Monterey County Programs

Nevada Guardianship Programs

Orange County Programs

Riverside County Programs

San Bernardino County Programs

San Diego Guardianship Workshop Programs

San Luis Obispo County Domestic Violence Programs

Santa Barbara Superior Court Programs

Santa Clara Superior Court Programs

Yolo County Superior Court Programs