Legal and Consumer Services
Consumer hotline receives complaints about insurance and insurance agents.
CALIFORNIA RURAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE
21 Carr Street, Watsonville CA 95076
501 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060
Free legal assistance for low income adults. (Santa Cruz office open Thursdays 10 am – 3 pm. No appointment needed. This information for Santa Cruz office only.)
CALIFORNIA VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAM State Board of Control
P.O. Box 3036, Sacramento, CA 95812
Qualifying victims may receive financial assistance for losses resulting from a crime which cannot be reimbursed by other sources.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES Diocese of Monterey Immigration Services
656 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 422-0602 Salinas
Provides assistance and guidance for people seeking Legal Permanent Residency Status and citizenship. Staff includes a Department of Justice Accredited Representative. By appointment only.
701 Ocean Street, Room 200, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers the following services:
Consumer Fraud/Environmental Protection/ White Collar Crime Unit
Advises consumers about bad business practices and consumer complaints.
Victim-Witness Assistance Program
Provides various services and assistance for victims of violent crime.
LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE (831) 425-4755
The Santa Cruz County Bar Association will refer you to an attorney for $50, which entitles you to a consultation of up to 30 minutes.
MAKE YOUR WISHES KNOWN
Volunteers provide Advance Directive Forms as well as group and individual education about planning ahead for healthcare choices.
MOBILE & MANUFACTURED HOME COMMISSION Santa Cruz County Counsel
701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers information regarding the County Mobile Home Rental Adjustment Ordinance and referrals for mobile home residents.
MOBILE HOME OMBUDSMAN'S OFFICE
California Department of Housing and Community Development
Call for complaints/questions about mobile home dealers, manufacturers, salesmen, mobile home parks and residency law. No fee.www.donotcall.govSANTA CRUZ COUNTY IMMIGRATION PROJECT Community Action Board
406 Main Street, #217, Watsonville, CA 95076
Immigration information and referral, INS application assistance, and information on eligibility for benefits.
SENIOR CITIZENS LEGAL SERVICES
501 Soquel Avenue, Suite F, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
114 East Fifth Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
Free legal advice and representation for adults 60+. Social Security, SSI, Medi-Cal, Medicare, housing, consumer, elder abuse and other types of cases. 59 and younger see California Rural Legal Assistance.
WATSONVILLE LAW CENTER
315 Main Street, Suite 207, Watsonville, CA 95076
Focuses on providing services related to worker's compensation, consumer fraud matters, debt, credit and identity theft clinic, record clearance, and barriers to employment for low-income people of all ages.