Santa Clara Valley Legal Aid, which has been around for more than fifteen years, has seen a dramatic uptick in the need for legal services for indigent people, but a drop in the number of volunteer attorneys available to help. The need is especially great now. We are getting more and more people driving out to Fillmore from Oxnard, Port Hueneme, and other areas because they face serious legal issues but have no one who can help them. The types of cases we see involve people who contract with contractors who don’t finish the job or are unlicensed, collections
for medical bills that are the responsibility of a noncustodial parent, landlord-tenant  issues, and other problems. We have had to turn away anyone with a family law problem because we don’t have any family law attorneys right now.

This is a plea for help.

Attorneys who want to volunteer for legal aid do not have to come every week or volunteer hours and hours of time. It would be great to get people on a schedule where they come as their schedule permits and we can ease up on the strain. We meet every Thursday at 6 p.m. at 642 Lemon Way in Fillmore (the North Fillmore Community Storefront) for about an hour or an hour
and a half. Those interested can contact me at (805)659-6800 or Thanks in advance.

Leslie McAdam practices labor and employment, business and real estate litigation with Ferguson Case Orr Paterson in Ventura.

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