Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLS) - Van Nuys Self-Help Legal Access Center LSC Funded

Who We Are

The Van Nuys Self Help Legal Access Center is a walk-in clinic that assists persons who do not have a lawyer. Our services are free to all residents of Los Angeles County. The center is part of a creative public outreach project of the County of Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Superior Court, Neighborhood Legal Services and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. We are trying to improve access to justice for all members of the community. We do not have income restrictions or requirements about your immigration status. The center offers information, legal forms, and guidance on a variety of civil (not criminal) matters including: Evictions Divorces and Paternity Actions Civil Harassment We do not help people with criminal, immigration or bankruptcy cases. We do ask that you bring any legal documents, notices or other papers you have received. It is also helpful if you bring a current pay stub or proof that you receive government benefits because you may want to ask the court to permit you to file papers without paying court costs. The Center does not provide legal representation or legal advice. We work with you to help you act as your own attorney. You will be able to fill out your paperwork at the Center, and our staff and volunteers will provide information about the forms and legal procedures. We are here to help you with every step, but you have to help yourself. If your case becomes very complicated, we will give you information about finding a private attorney or legal aid program. A private attorney will charge you a fee.

How to Get Help

You can contact this organization by:

Contact Type
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Please bring all of your court related papers.

Waiting List

First 30 people are served each session. Please be prepared to wait to be assisted.


If you have a Family Law case you'll need to come in between 8:30 and 12:10.
For Evictions, Name Change, and Information on Civil Harassment Restraining Orders, you'll need to come in between 1:30 and 4:30. For questions about the services at the Center, please call 800-433-6251.

Who We Serve

  • Los Angeles County
Additional Service Area Info
Although NLS services all of Los Angeles County, the self-help center may direct you to another of NLS' satellites, centers or clinics to better serve & assist you. Please locate the self-help center closest to your home and contact them for more information.
Language(s) Spoken
  • Spanish / Español

Any language that self-help staff does not speak, interpreter services will be provided.

Is this organization accessible by wheelchair?
Does this organization provide access for the hearing impaired?
Eligibility Restrictions

This program does not serve: Prisoner

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Self-Help Materials
Description of Services

Divorce and response to Divorce, Parental Rights, response to Paternity, Child Custody and Visitation, Evictions, Name Change, Information on Civil Harassment Restraining Order.

General Contact Information

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLS) - Van Nuys Self-Help Legal Access Center
Van Nuys Courthouse, Los Angeles Superior Court, 6230 Sylmar Ave., Third Floor, Room 350 (map)
Van Nuys, CA 91401
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