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State Board of Equalization
The Board of Equalization's website.
Franchise Tax Board
The Franchise Tax Board's website.
Links to information on whether you have to pay state income taxes as a Native American, welfare, and more. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)
San Francisco Law Library California Tax Law Research Guide
This site can help you find books about California taxes.
California Public Law Libraries
This website provides extensive online self-help information, listing of county law libraries, AskNow law librarian service, mini-research classes, general research, and links to more resources.
California Office of the Attorney General
California Attorney General’s website provides a list of contacts for those who believe that they are the victims of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability.
LawHelpCalifornia.org--Individual and Civil Rights
This site includes a section for victims, which has information on housing discrimination, job discrimination, prisoners’ rights, rights of accused, victims’ rights, other civil rights, and other discrimination problems. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area you live in.)
Unlawful Discrimination: Your Rights and Remedies, Civil Rights Handbook (3d ed., Aug. 2001)
This handbook discusses both California and federal laws that protect your civil rights. California and federal law should be examined together to get a complete picture of the law on a particular topic. By the California Attorney General.
Important: All agencies that get state or federal funding are required to have a process to investigate complaints of civil rights violations.
American With Disabilities Act: ADA Home Page
This site was created by the U.S. Department of Justice.
California Courts: ADA Coordinators
Each California court has an Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator to help persons with disabilities. You can ask a court clerk to speak with your court's ADA coordinator.
For Persons With Disabilities Requesting Accommodations
A list of questions and answers about disability issues and access to the justice system.
The Americans With Disabilities Act: Civil Rights for People with Disabilities
This site has information for non-lawyers. Created by the Council for Disability Rights.
This website includes information on education rights, assistive technology, mental health issues, and rights of the disabled.
Disability Access and Rights in California
This site was created by the California Department of Rehabilitation.
Judicial Council Programs: Access and Fairness Advisory Committee
This page gives background information on the California Judicial Council's programs to ensure access and fairness in the state court system.
Information for People With Disabilities
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development created this site for people with disabilities.
Disability Rights California (DRC)
DRC helps people with physical, developmental, or psychiatric disabilities. DRC offers referrals to other resources, advocacy training, and representation in administrative and judicial proceedings, investigation of abuse and neglect, and legislative advocacy.
Publications to help people with disabilities with housing problems. Written by Disability Rights California (formerly Protection and Advocacy, Inc.)
Publications on the Americans With Disabilities Act
A list of publications with information on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Posted by Disability Rights California.
California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
DFEH investigates complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and hate violence. The Website has information on California's fair employment laws, frequently asked questions, brochures, and forms.
Or call or fax DFEH:
Fax: 1-916-478-7320 (Employment/Public Accommodations)
Fax: 1-510-622-2956 (Housing)
LawHelpCalifornia.org: Job Discrimination
Links to information on employment discrimination based on disability, a prior criminal record, national origin, gender identity, and more. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
This Website has information about employment discrimination.
This site links to any federal government information available on the Internet on your topic.
Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies
This page provides a list, in alphabetical order, of all federal government departments and agencies with links to their respective websites.
Sacramento Law Library's Guide to Federal Resources
This web page provides a list and links to many legal federal websites, including federal laws, courts, and federal agencies.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The official U.S. government website for the IRS.
I-CAN! Earned Income Credit Module
Website helps low-wage earners claim the earned income credit and electronically file their federal tax returns. Created by The Legal Aid Society of Orange County.
Links to information and assistance regarding state and federal taxes. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)
Hate Crime Prevention Guides
These brochures, posted by the California Office of the Attorney General, define “hate incident” and “hate crime.” They also describe what we can do to prevent hate crimes, what services are available, and how victims can obtain assistance. These are available in Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, English, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Click for publications on prevention and education.
Your Rights and Remedies as a Victim of Hate Violence
This California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) web page, included on the website of the California Association of Human Relations Organizations, provides information on what to do if you are a victim, how to respond, who to contact, how to seek compensation, and which community organizations can provide assistance. Click for a listing of legal assistance and advocacy organizations.
Hate Crimes: Ralph Civil Rights Act
California’s Ralph Civil Rights Act provides protection from hate crimes. It prohibits violence or threats of violence based on age, ancestry, color, disability, national origin, political affiliation, position in a labor dispute, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
California Office of the Attorney General: Identity Theft Resources
The Victims’ Services Unit of the Office of the California Attorney General includes this site focusing on identity theft, with tips for victims and information on the Identity Theft Registry, including how to apply and the necessary forms.
Dealing with Identity Theft
A toolkit developed to help you figure out what to do if you have been a victim of identity theft. It includes programs to help you write letters to creditors, debt collectors and credit bureaus, and much more. This toolkit was developed by The People's Law Library of Maryland but has information that can help Californians as well.
Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)
ITRC is a nonprofit, nationally respected program dedicated exclusively to identity theft. It provides consumer and victim support and advises governmental agencies, legislators, and companies about this evolving and growing crime. It includes basic information, from the steps you need to take as a victim of identity theft to guides on the emotional impact and effective communication. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.
California Department of Motor Vehicles: Information about Fraud and Identity Theft
Information about identity theft, including links to other sites with more information and details about what the DMV does to protect you from identity theft and what to do to when contacting them if you have become a victim.
California State and Consumer Services: Office of Privacy Protection’s Identity Theft Resources
This site provides information specifically for victims of identity theft who have had their identities stolen and used by a criminal. Posted information includes Consumer Information Sheets in English, Spanish, and Chinese with tips on how to protect your personal privacy, preventing the identity theft of your child or the deceased, and freezing your credit files. It also includes a useful resource: How to Use the California Identity Theft Registry: A Guide for Victims of ‘Criminal’ Identity Theft.
This site posted by the U.S. Department of Justice includes questions and answers about identity theft, as well as tips for prevention and what to do if you become a victim. It also includes a simple quiz for consumers to help you find out how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft.
Identity Theft: What to Do if It Happens to You
This guide provides victims of identity theft with instructions on how to regain their financial health and where to get more help. By the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
U. S. Postal Service
Advice from U. S. Postal Service inspectors on how to protect yourself from identity theft in general, as well as tips specific to mail service. The USPS site includes links for more information, tips, and how to contact your local postal inspector.
Credit Repair Scams: They Make Your Money Disappear
An illustrated fact sheet that describes what a credit report is and how to find out what is in your credit report. Explains how to correct inaccurate information in your report and advises caution with credit repair companies and guaranteed credit claims. By Consumer Action: available in English and Spanish.
Don’t Fall for the Wrong Call: Protect Yourself Against Telemarketing Fraud
An eight-page, in-depth guide that provides information on common tricks and charitable donation scams used by telemarketers, how to answer sales calls, warning signs of fraud, how to protect yourself from unwanted calls, your rights under the law, and how you can sue telemarketers who do not honor your wishes not to be called. The guide also contains a listing of complaint-handling agencies and other helpful resources. By Consumer Action: available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Insurance Fraud
An illustrated brochure describing the warning signs of insurance fraud and some concrete steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim. Though written specifically to help Asian Americans, this brochure contains information helpful to all consumers. It details several types of insurance fraud, such as fake policies, premium fraud, unlicensed agents, unnecessary services, and insurance scams. It also describes how to get your money back and where to complain about insurance fraud. By Consumer Action.
Preventing Credit Card Fraud: Learn How to Protect Yourself
A brochure, available in English and Spanish, that describes how thieves steal and use credit cards and card numbers and explains how to protect your credit card and what to do if your card has been stolen. By Consumer Action.
Information on what to do if you are a victim of cyberstalking or online crime. From the National Center for Victims of Crime.
The Use of Technology to Stalk
By the Stalking Resource Center.
High-Tech Crime: Protecting Yourself in the Computer Age
By the California Attorney General’s Crime and Violence Prevention Center.
Online Privacy: Using the Internet Safely
This site offers crime-prevention tips and advice for victims of high-tech crimes and identity theft, and links to other sites for victims of cyberabuse. By the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
IC3 serves as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints about the rapidly expanding arena of cybercrime. IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.
“Take a Bite Out of Cyber Crime” Cyber Crime Center
A site provided by McGruff the Crime Dog® dedicated to fighting cybercrime. It explains how to identify and protect yourself against threats such as computer viruses, worms, spam, spyware, phishing, identity theft, and online predators. Available resources include an informational booklet and a list with specific links for parents, children, and others.
Own the Dream (Únete al sueño)
This site provides an in-depth eligibility screening tool for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), as well as a national directory of nonprofit immigration legal services providers and a calendar of community events, among other resources. In Spanish.
This website will help you to answer important questions about your eligibility for citizenship through naturalization. It will also help you to understand the naturalization process and prepare for the naturalization tests.
Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Precedent Decisions
List of PDF files of precedent decisions. Posted by the U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review.
This website includes information on naturalization and citizenship, public benefits for immigrants, temporary protected status (TPS), political asylum, and refugee status.
National Immigration Law Center: Community Education Materials
This Website provides Know-Your-Rights Alerts and Information, including, disaster assistance, benefits, affidavits of support, and public charge information for immigrants.
Disability Rights California
This Website has information for people with disabilities on many benefits-related topics, including immigration.
U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
The official website of the U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review. Provides information on the immigration process, contact directory, the Legal Orientation and Pro Bono Program, listing of free legal services, forms, frequently asked questions, immigration courts nationwide, and other immigration resources
U.S. State Department
The official website of the U.S. State Department.
Alliance of Legal Document Assistant Professionals
Help finding a legal document assistant.
California Association of Legal Document Assistants
Legal document assistants are nonlawyers who help people fill out legal forms.
California Rules of Professional Conduct
This site lists the rules governing the conduct of attorneys. Posted by the State Bar of California.
Can the Client Security Fund Help You?
A State Bar of California pamphlet.
Find an Attorney
A list of suggestions to help you find a lawyer. Created by the State Bar of California.
How Can I Find and Hire the Right Lawyer?
A State Bar of California pamphlet.
State Bar of California Attorney Discipline System
This site has an overview of the State Bar of California's attorney discipline system. This system investigates complaints against attorneys and prosecutes attorneys if the complaints seem justified. The discipline system also helps consumers with common attorney-client problems that do not rise to the level of grounds for filing a complaint.
State Bar of California Mandatory Fee Arbitration
The State Bar of California administers a mandatory fee arbitration program to resolve fee disputes between lawyers and their clients. The program is an informal, lower-cost forum and is mandatory for a lawyer if a client requests it. Mediation of the dispute may also be available in some areas in California.
State Bar of California Member Search
This site provides information about attorneys, including public records of discipline. You can use the member search to see if someone is an attorney in California.
What Can I Do If I Have a Problem With My Lawyer?
A State Bar of California pamphlet.
Legal Help for Military Personnel/Reservists
The American Bar Association provides useful information on key laws and policies affecting active duty and reserve military personnel.
Resources for Recently Activated Military Personnel
The California Department of Child Support Services provides information for recently activated personnel with child support orders.
LawHelpCalifornia.org: Native American Issues
Find information on the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal government, and other Native American issues. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)
Index of Native American Legal Resources on the Internet
This website includes an extensive directory of legal sources related to indigenous issues, as well as information on college programs devoted to indigenous legal issues, and legal practices with specialties in indian law in the United States.
Directory of California Department of Social Services websites
Directory prepared by the California Department of Social Services with links to websites for the different public benefits programs in our state.
LawHelpCalifornia.org: Public Benefits
This website includes information on child care and foster care, welfare, social security, Medi-Cal and Medicare, Food Stamps, homelessness, unemployment insurance, nursing homes, mental health, control over health care decisions, and prescription drug benefits. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)
Your Guide to Public Benefits in California
A guide for older americans to help you find, understand and apply for programs in your state. Prepared by the AARP Foundation.
This site does not post all regulations of the State of California. If you need a regulation that is not posted, your public law library may be able to help.
California Rules of CourtLocal
Local Codes and Charters
If your community's local code and charter are not on the above site, look for copies of your local laws at your public law library or local public library .
Local Rules of Court
The court in each county has its own local rules of court. The local rules for each court tell you how that court does things. For example, local rules will often tell you about the forms required in your case. Or if there is more than one courthouse in the county, the local rules may tell you where to file your case. They will also explain if there are certain guidelines that the court uses for some types of cases. If you do not follow the local rules, your case may be delayed while you correct something.
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Supreme Court Opinion Collection
Nearly all of the U.S. Supreme Court opinions issued since May 1990 are available from the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute.
Supreme Court Decisions
U.S. Supreme Court decisions from 1937 to 1974. You can also get opinions at your public law library or from a commercial service.
American Bar Association Consumers' Guide to Legal Help
This website can help you find information and free and low-cost legal help in many states.
This website can help you find legal help and resources in each state in the United States.
National Center for State Courts Pro Se Useful Court-Related Links
This website provides useful court-related links to self-help resources.
California Elections and Voter Information
Information provided by the California Secretary of State about the election process in California, voter information, ballot measures, election information, and voter registration and participation. Includes information on multilingual voter services.
Your Voting Rights
Information for voters on your voting rights, registering to vote, registration drives, voting by mail or in person, and ballot measures and candidates. Provided by the League of Women Voters Education Fund
Nonpartisan election information about all contests on the ballots in every state. Intended to help voters make informed decisions. All candidates in participating counties and states are offered free web space to help inform voters. Includes voter frequently asked questions. League of Women Voters Education Fund
A Voting Guide for Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Californians
Information for Californians who are currently incarcerated or have been incarcerated about their right to vote, how to register to vote, and contact information for local county election offices throughout the state. Prepared by the California Secretary of State.
This website includes information on unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, pensions, and wrongful termination and working conditions. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)
LawHelpCalfiornia.org: Job Discrimination
This website refers you to local legal help on issues related to discrimination at work. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)
Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center
This website provides information on the Employment Law Center's programs to assit low income Californians with issues like workers' rights, disability rights at work, unemployment insurance, wage and hour claims, and many more.
"How to Prepare for Your Appeal Hearing" video
Prepared by the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board to help you prepare for your hearing appealing a denial of unemployment insurance.
California Workers' Compensation System
This site has an overview of the California workers’ compensation system. Posted by the Division of Workers’ Compensation of the California Department of Industrial Relations.
Department of Industrial Relations Workers' Compensation Links
This site has links to workers' compensation-related sites within the California Department of Industrial Relations.
Workers' Compensation Appeals Board
This section of the Department of Industrial Relations' website provides guidance and leadership to the workers' compensation community through case opinions and regulations.