Legal and Consumer Services

ADVOCACY, INC.
5274 Scotts Valley Drive, Suite 203, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
(831) 429-1913
Rights protection and advocacy services for residents of nursing homes and residential care facilities. Receives and investigates complaints, including reports of elder abuse in long term care facilities.
www.advocacy-inc.org
 
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE1-800-927-4357Consumer hotline receives complaints about insurance and insurance agents.

www.insurance.ca.gov

 

CALIFORNIA RURAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE

21 Carr Street, Watsonville CA 95076

501 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060

(831) 724-2253

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.)

www.crla.org

 

CALIFORNIA VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAM State Board of Control

P.O. Box 3036, Sacramento, CA 95812

1-800-777-9229

Qualifying victims may receive financial assistance for losses resulting from a crime which cannot be reimbursed by other sources.

www.victims.ca.gov

 

CATHOLIC CHARITIES Diocese of Monterey Immigration Services

656 Main Street, Watsonville, CA 95076

(831) 722-2675

(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.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

701 Ocean Street, Room 200, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 454-2400

Offers the following services:

Consumer Fraud/Environmental Protection/ White Collar Crime Unit

(831) 454-2050

Advises consumers about bad business practices and consumer complaints.

Victim-Witness Assistance Program

(831) 454-2010

Provides various services and assistance for victims of violent crime.

https://datinternet.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/

 

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.

www.lawyerreferralsantacruz.org

 

MAKE YOUR WISHES KNOWN

(831) 430-3047

Volunteers provide Advance Directive Forms as well as group and individual education about planning ahead for healthcare choices.

www.hospicesantacruz.org

 

MOBILE & MANUFACTURED HOME COMMISSION Santa Cruz County Counsel

701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 454-2772

Offers information regarding the County Mobile Home Rental Adjustment Ordinance and referrals for mobile home residents.

http://www.sccmmhc.org/

 

MOBILE HOME OMBUDSMAN'S OFFICE

California Department of Housing and Community Development

1-800-952-5275

Call for complaints/questions about mobile home dealers, manufacturers, salesmen, mobile home parks and residency law. No fee.

www.hcd.ca.gov

 
NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY1-888-382-1222Register all your phone numbers online or by phoneif you do not wish to receive telemarketing calls. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been registered for 31 days. Registration will remain permanent.www.donotcall.govSANTA CRUZ COUNTY IMMIGRATION PROJECT Community Action Board406 Main Street, #217, Watsonville, CA 95076(831) 724-5667

Immigration information and referral, INS application assistance, and information on eligibility for benefits.
www.cabinc.org/

 

SENIOR CITIZENS LEGAL SERVICES

501 Soquel Avenue, Suite F, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

(831) 426-8824

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.
www.seniorlegal.org

 

WATSONVILLE LAW CENTER

315 Main Street, Suite 207, Watsonville, CA 95076

(831) 722-2845

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.
www.watsonvillelawcenter.org