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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

These organizations may provide assistance with some types of legal questions. Contact these organizations directly for more information about the services provided.

Assistance for Seniors and the Disabled

Senior Legal Hotline
444 North 3rd Street, #312
Toll Free: (800) 222-1753; Sacramento County: (916) 551-2140; Fax: (916) 551-2197
http://www.seniorlegalhotline.org/ 
Services provided: Free legal assistance for Sacramento residents age 60 and over on almost any civil issue including estate planning, probate, grandparent rights, landlord/tenant law, pension law, Social Security, and public benefits.  Free legal assistance for Sacramento grandparents/caregiver relatives age 55 and over, or low-income grandparents of any age, on custody or visitation of grandchildren. Free legal assistance for Californians of any age with pension or retirement issues.
Eligibility: Sacramento residents age 60 or over for legal assistance with civil issues.  Sacramento grandparents/caregiver relatives age 55 and over, or low-income grandparents of any age, on custody or visitation of grandchildren.  Californians of any age for legal assistance with pension issues.

Disability Rights California   
916-488-9950,  800-776-5746,  1-800-719-5798 (TTY)
http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/  
Services provided:Legal services to people with developmental, mental or other disabilities, including: Information, referral, technical assistance, investigation of abuse/neglect, and direct legal representation in administrative and judicial proceedings to establish and enforce disability-related legal and service rights. 
Eligibility:Call for an interview.

ADA Information Line 
800-514-0301, 800-514-0383 (TTY)
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/infoline.htm 
Services provided:
General ADA information. 

Community Legal Services – McGeorge School of Law – Elder Law Clinic
3130 Fifth Avenue 916-340-6080
Services provided: Clinic students provide legal advice and undertake representation of individuals 60 and older in the greater Sacramento area.  Priority cases include nursing home residents' rights, conservatorships and alternatives, family law, Social Security, Medicare, SSI, health care access, housing, elder abuse, creditor/debtor disputes, powers of attorney, advance health care directives, wills and trusts.  

Adult Protective Services
4875 Broadway 916-874-9377
http://www.dhhs.saccounty.net/SAS/Pages/SAS-Home.aspx
Services provided:
APS investigates reports of elderly and dependent adults in danger due to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or hazardous or unsafe living conditions. Additionally, APS provides referrals for other county and community services, and can serve as an advocate for elderly and dependent adults in situations with landlords, doctors, hospitals, and other social services.

Resources for Independent Living 
420 I Street, Suite 3 916-446-3074
http://www.ril-sacramento.org
Services provided:  Helps people with disabilities with a variety of services, including mediation, housing assistance, screening and placement of attendants, peer counseling, and  independent  living skills training.

Assistance with Health Law issues
Legal Services of Northern California Health Rights
http://health.lsnc.net/
This project has brochures and more info at The Health Consumer Alliance http://healthconsumer.org/ as well.
HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program)
1-800-434-0222
Free Medicare Help from Volunteer Counselors
Health Services Advisory Group
http://www.hsag.com/camedicare.aspx
Helps with complaints, appeals, and mediation for Medicare recipients at HMOs.
Department of Managed Health Care:
File complaints which the agency rules on, and request Independent Medical Reviews.
List of patient rights and benefits.
California Office of the Patient Advocate: information only (no direct assistance)
http://www.opa.ca.gov/Pages/KnowYourRights.aspx

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FORMS

The Sacramento County Public Law Library has links to some of the forms useful in dealing with health and financial management. The Judicial Council creates others. For other situations, you may need to create your own forms. Our Research Guides & Step by Steps have instructions and samples for many commonly-used forms.

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RESEARCH GUIDES AND STEP-BY-STEPS

The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Guides marked "Step-by-Step"  provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures.

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ARTICLES

Everyday Law and Ask the County Law Librarian articles are written by Law Librarians on a variety of common legal issues.

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SELF-HELP VIDEOS

With Heart: Understanding Conservatorship (23:58) (Alameda County)
Satisfies Sacramento County's requirement that prospective conservators view an approved videotaped presentation on the duties and responsibilities of conservators. (Local Rule 4.40).

Sacramento County local form:
Verification that Video Tape of Conservator's Duties has been Viewed (PR-E-LP-020)
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