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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

Up to 99% of domestic violence victims experience economic abuse during an abusive relationship, and finances are often cited as the biggest barrier to leaving an abusive relationship. This resource describes what economic abuse is and what to do about it.

State offices, district attorneys (DA), and government regulators.

The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.

It takes a little patience and knowledge of the dispute settlement procedures provided by the Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA).

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

Asset Management, Bank Accounts, Consumer Loans, Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Insurance, Mortgages, and Regulations.

Introduction to the services offered by banks or credit unions.

Most reputable credit counselors are non-profit and offer services at local offices, online, or on the phone.

These databases enable homeowner and automobile insurers to exchange information - without notice to you unless your state requires notice - about claims for loss of property.

Coerced debt is economic abuse affecting both married and unmarried couples, which involves all nonconsensual, credit-related transactions that occur in a violent relationship. This resource explains what coerced debt is, and what to do about it.

For more general information on repairing credit after an incident of financial abuse, please see:

https://www.lawhelpca.org/Resource/credit-repair-how-help-yourself
https://www.lawhelpca.org/Resource/repairing-your-credit

You have the right to see what is collected about you and to dispute inaccurate information.

You can ask for an investigation "at no charge to you " of information in your file that you dispute as inaccurate or incomplete

The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) promotes the accuracy and privacy of information in the files of the nation"s credit reporting companies.

Requirements for your employer to see your credit report.

Employers must get permission before asking for a report.

Your employer can't ask for some types of records.

A freeze generally stops all access to your credit report, while a fraud alert permits creditors to get your report as long as they take steps to verify your identity.

You can request your credit report for free every year.

Have you received a letter informing you that your personal information may have gotten into the wrong hands?

A guide to obtaining, understanding and managing your information

Recognizing, preventing, and dealing with fraud.

Actions you can take to correct your file and history.

Search for state and federal laws protecting consumers.

You have rights and responsibilities under the law.

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), which prohibits credit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or because you get public assistance.