Protecting Yourself and Others

If you feel ill, please stay home. Do not come to any Central California Legal Services office location. Follow CDC guidelines, take care of yourself, and notify the COVID-19 case manager. To self-report positive COVID-19 results, email the COVID-19 case manager.

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Fresno County COVID Page


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Visitor & Vendor Guidance


When will we have Clients & other public Visitors in our offices?

Beginning Fall 2021 we anticipate being able to resume clients/visitors on-premises with a scheduled appointment.

Walk-ins may be seen, but it is highly encouraged that you call first if you do not have an appointment.
Please call 1-800-675-8001. Are there any implications or regulations related to case acceptance to consider or share?
Legal Director should review/approve and LAL Team Lead have input on this section as well.

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The Client/Visitor Experience

What to Expect When in Our Offices

When you arrive at our office, you’ll notice we made some changes to help keep everyone as safe as possible – including informational posters, more hand-sanitizing stations, new furniture placement, and safety plexiglass installations. At CCLS, we pride ourselves on our commitment to serving a diverse population. Please limit visitors to those directly seeking services or vendors providing the service, please wear a mask/face covering at all times and respect the physical distancing requirements. However you do your part, let’s team up to keep our community safe!

Latest CCLS Updates on COVID-19

COVID-19 Housing Updates

Emergency Rental Assistance Program   Update on the Newly Passed California and Federal Tenant Protections On September 17, the City of Fresno hosted a virtual community forum on tenants’ rights. CCLS housing attorneys Nikki Love and Brandi Snow presented, along with California State Assembly Member Dr. Joaquin Arambula and Fresno City Council President District 3 […]

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Centro La Familia to host COVID Vaccination Clinic and Food Distribution

Centro La Familia to host COVID Vaccination Clinic and Food Distribution Disclaimer Your use of this website, including posting comments will not create an attorney-client relationship. You should neither act nor refrain from acting based on information obtained from this site. None of the information contained on this site is privileged or confidential. The information […]

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COVID-19 Utilities Updates

Free Utilities Information & Services Informacíon Gratis y Servicios Prevent your electric and gas from being shut off due to past bills If you’re enrolled in the CARE Program you may be eligible to reduce your past due balance Do you have past due electric & gas bills up to $8,000? Would you like to […]

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COVID-19 Pro Bono Updates

Criminal Record Expungement – Public Information Session On October 10, 2020, CCLS in partnership with the Fresno County Public Defender Clean Slate Program, Root & Rebound, and Law Students for Community Advancement hosted a virtual public information session on criminal record expungement. PowerPoint Presentation Video Presentation Bankruptcy Question & Answer Session Volunteer attorneys Nancy Klepac […]

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Stop the Spread

WHERE A FACE COVERING

When in Any CCLS Building

WASH YOUR HANDS

Thoroughly & Often

PRACTICE PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Stay 6 Feet Apart

Staff & Volunteer Experience


What to Expect as Employees

As we enter a brave new world in legal services, the success and safety of our staff and volunteers are important now more than ever. From innovating online intake and through technology, to preparing our facilities with additional health and wellness measures; thanks to your combined efforts, our model of legal aid will continue to be a game-changer for Central California.

  • Engage with other staff and volunteers in the Legal Services Key Documents or to share knowledge for the highest level of performance.
  • Visit the Paylocity Self-Service Portal COVID-19 webpage located in the Company Section for personnel-related information, self-isolation and quarantine tips, and return to work certification.
As a member of the CCLS Family, let’s navigate these unchartered waters together by continuing to deliver exemplary service to advance justice and empower people.

 

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CCLS Resources

Prevention Tips

COVID Communication Updates

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Symptoms & Self Isolation

Symptoms & Self Isolation

Coping with Stress

Tips & Resources for Students, Employees and Parents.

Tips & Resources for Students, Employees and Parents.

Some Success Stories

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Central California Legal Services helps people get health care: we contact insurance companies, and doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, to make sure they give patients essential treatment as the law requires. We represent people who are being harassed or sued for medical debt, working with the debt collectors or going to court as needed. CCLS also helps with Medi-Cal (including Medi-Cal Estate Recovery), Medicare, and Covered California issues. Get more information by calling our Health Consumer Center at 1-800-675-8001, ext. 1271 or find health resources at LawHelpCA.org and HealthConsumer.org.

Central California Legal Services helps families avoid homelessness, and protects their right to safe and decent housing. We help tenants in disputes with their landlords, and we bring cases to ensure local governments follow the law to make sure there is enough decent housing for low-income residents. Low-income Fresno County tenants (and landlords too) can receive legal information and help with eviction documents at the Fresno Superior Court, B.F. Sisk Courthouse, every Tuesday and Thursday. Get more information by calling our Legal Advice Line at 1-800-675-8001 or find housing resources at LawHelpCA.org.

Central California Legal Services helps victims escape domestic violence or abuse, and get back on their feet financially. We help survivors of human trafficking with legal services and referrals, and where appropriate, immigration relief through T-Visas. We meet with victims confidentially. We help them obtain and renew restraining orders, and we provide in-court representation in some cases. We also help families care for children whose parents cannot make daily decisions for them: in two free Guardianship Workshops a month, staff explains the court process, reviews forms, answers general questions, and can provide one-on-one assistance to qualified litigants. Get more information about any of these services by calling our Legal Advice Line at 1-800-675-8001 or find family resources at LawHelpCA.org.

Central California Legal Services helps struggling families to keep their heat and electricity on. We negotiate affordable payment plans with utility companies, help people respond to “past due” and “shut-off” notices, and make sure that consumers are enrolled in all energy savings and benefits programs for which they are eligible. We also help non-English-speaking clients understand their telephone and cellphone service bills—including service “bundles” and “promotional pricing” schemes—and help them to dispute improper charges. Get more information by calling our Legal Advice Line at 1-800-675-8001 or find utility resources at LawHelpCA.org.

Central California Legal Services helps workers with disputes about wages, overtime pay and unemployment insurance. At our monthly Workers’ Rights Clinic, our volunteer attorneys offer free one-on-one consultations to workers with wage claims, or who are experiencing job-related harassment, retaliation, or wrongful termination. The Clinic is held every third Tuesday at 6:00pm in our Fresno office. Individuals can also participate via video teleconference from our Visalia and Merced offices. Get more information by calling our Legal Advice Line at 1-800-675-8001 or find employment resources at LawHelpCA.org.

Central California Legal Services provides many types of services for people age 60 and older. We protect them from physical and financial abuse, giving legal information and advice to seniors and caregivers, referring seniors to other service providers, and in some cases representing seniors in court proceedings. We prepare important documents for older clients, to make sure their wishes are known and followed, such as Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney, and Advance Healthcare Directives. We also help seniors who are victims of unfair business and debt collection practices, including high-pressure energy efficiency or other home improvement contracts. We offer free legal advice to eligible individuals, and may provide free legal representation in some cases. Get more information by calling our Legal Advice Line at 1-800-675-8001 or find seniors resources at LawHelpCA.org.

Central California Legal Services offers two free monthly legal clinics for eligible veterans. In one clinic we help veterans with simple estate planning, to make sure their wishes are known and followed. In the other clinic, we help veterans rejoin the workforce by expunging criminal records. Schedule an appointment by calling (559) 487-5660 or find veterans resources at LawHelpCA.org.

Central California Legal Services helps crime victims apply for certain types of immigration relief, including U-Visas and T-Visas. We also help qualified Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) apply for United States citizenship. Get more information by calling our Legal Advice Line at 1-800-675-8001 or find immigration resources at LawHelpCA.org.

Central California Legal Services helps families get, and keep, public benefits such as Social Security and SSI, Disability, CalWorks, Calfresh, General Assistance, and In-Home Supportive Services. We give legal advice about benefits issues, and we represent people who have applied for benefits but were denied, and people facing “overpayment” issues. Get more information by calling our Legal Advice Line at 1-800-675-8001 or find benefits resources at LawHelpCA.org.

Central California Legal Services assists income-qualified individuals and families.

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