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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.
The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.
Asset Management, Bank Accounts, Consumer Loans, Credit Scores, Credit Cards, Insurance, Mortgages, and Regulations.
Search for state and federal laws protecting consumers.
Laws specific to two-wheel vehicles such as motorcycles.
Reporting to the DMV and talking to your insurer.
If your car is repossessed, act quickly to get it back.
California car buyers have important rights that have changes the way millions of cars are bought and sold in California.
Complain about a law enforcement agency or officer, federal government contracts, government agency, the U.S. Postal Service, government vehicle misuse, reckless driving, or collisions involving a government vehicle.
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Your rights if you have a problem with the mechanic.
This information will also help you understand your rights if you have a problem with a repair shop. Here's what the Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) recommends: 1) read and follow your owner's manual. 2) select a repair shop before you need one, but be sure it is registered with BAR. 3) know your rights as a consumer. 4) keep this guide in your car and refer to it before taking your car in for service.
For those entitled to request a Driver Safety (DS) administrative hearing.
Good faith; prompt, honest, and timely communications; fair claims; cooperative investigation; additional living expenses; adjusting and paying your dwelling claim; contractors; fair depreciation; examination under oath; and complaints.
Mediation is an informal, voluntary, non-binding process for conducting settlement negotiations between you and your insurance company.
Service contracts, warranties, and making complaints.
Researching, financing, trading, and service contracts.
If you have a problem that you think is covered by a warranty or service contract, follow the instructions to get service. If a dispute arises, try to work it out with the dealer. Talk with the salesperson or, if necessary, the owner of the dealership.
Car Buyer's Bill of Rights, Dispute with Your Car Dealer?, Motor Vehicle Warranty and Lemon Law.
Laws specific to commercial vehicles and trucks.
The rules of the roads and traffic laws.
"Lemons": Cars with serious problems after you bought it.
The comprehensive guide to making purchases and dealing with companies.
As each program has separate eligibility requirements, including Smog Check inspection requirements, please review the requirements below prior to submitting an application.
State offices, district attorneys (DA), and government regulators.
Dropped after a total loss from a declared disaster, partial loss or second renewal, and not having "defensible space".
For tickets on federal property such as federal buildings, national parks, military installations, post offices, Veteran Affairs medical centers, national wildlife refuges, and national forests.
How can I get my license back?
You can get a free inspection to check the repair quality.
Vehicle ownership changes for: sale or gift, inheritance, and satisfaction of lien (full payment of car loan).
Keeping records, complaining to someone higher up, consulting a lawyer, using mediation services, and other ways to resolve conflicts.
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.
This booklet answers questions about the Lemon Law and provides information about the arbitration process, record-keeping suggestions and sources of advice and assistance as it pertains to the California State-certified arbitration process and is not intended as legal advice.
What you need, such as birth date and true full name .
Negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, litigation, and arbitration.
How long information is kept on your driving record.
The free arbitration process when the car has serious issues.
Insurance providers cannot treat domestic partners and married spouses differently.
Respond to a ticket, appeal your case, and traffic school.
Some federal and state laws affect the vehicle financing and leasing process. They offer important information that can help you negotiate a better deal, better understand the process, and give you certain rights.
What happens in the vehicle repossession process.