Self-Help at the Law Library (SH@LL)
Self-Help at the Law Library (SH@LL) provides free general legal information and basic legal help to people representing themselves. We can help you understand your options and—in certain cases—help you fill out forms and provide instructions for filing and next steps. We do not give legal advice or do legal research for patrons.
Who We Help
SH@LL can help people representing themselves:
- Who do not have a lawyer;
- Who live in Sacramento County and/or have a qualifying case in Sacramento County Superior Court; and
- Who are not deemed by the court to be vexatious litigants
If you have a lawyer, need a lawyer, or represent a business we cannot help you.
What We Help With
The Types of Cases Where SH@LL Can Help
SH@LL can assist with limited types of cases. Some examples of common cases we assist with are lawsuits for old credit card debt, name changes, guardianships of the person, conservatorships of the person, and limited probate matters.
The Types of Cases Where SH@LL Cannot Help
SH@LL cannot assist with all types of cases. If we cannot help you, we may refer you to the law library or to other services. You can also find many step-by-step guides and self-help videos on the law library’s website.
How It Works
Call To Request An Appointment
All assistance is provided by telephone appointment. To request an appointment, call:
Leave a detailed voicemail message including your name, contact number, case type and any other relevant information.
We Return Your Call & Pre-Screen Your Case For Eligibility
We will return your call within five (5) business days to discuss whether you are eligible for service and then schedule a longer phone appointment if your case is deemed eligible for service. If we determine you are not eligible for SH@LL service, we will refer you to the appropriate resource.
Please note that you will be pre-screened for eligibility before any telephone appointment is scheduled with SH@LL. SH@LL staff will determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis and reserves the right to refuse service. An otherwise qualifying case will not be eligible for an appointment if SH@LL staff determines that the case is too complex or requires specialized knowledge and training such that SH@LL staff will not be able to effectively assist with the case.
If Eligible You Will Have A SH@LL Consultation
If you are determined eligible, you will be scheduled for a longer call with a SH@LL staff member to provide free consultation on your case.