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If you simply need help filing, you can start the small claims process online at

If you need information about the small claims process, this introduction to small claims court will start you on the right track.

For additional help or legal advice, please turn to the following free or low cost resources:

Every county in California has a small claims advisor. You can call them and discuss your case for free.

You can find a directory of every single small claims advisor (by county) here.

There are also many different places that provide free legal advice. (run in part by the State Bar Association of California) provides a directory where you can choose your location and the topic you need help with here.