Self-help center / Family law facilitator

The Self-Help Center provides the resources citizens need to better understand the legal process and/or represent themselves in a court case. In addition to the Services and Resources listed below, the Center provides the services of the Family Law Facilitator and Small Claims Advisor.

We are a walk in clinic. All services are free of charge and offered on a first come/first served basis. We do charge a small fee for copies and form packets.

The Self-Help Center also provides information and education on Alternative Dispute Resolution.  This alternative form of civil litigation is less formal, less expensive and often a faster method to resolve a conflict between two parties. 

Services to residents of Truckee or Sierra Counties are available either in person or by phone.

  • By Phone - call the number to the right and leave a specific question - include your case number if you have one. We attempt to return calls within one week

  • In person - we offer monthly drop in clinics on the last Friday of the month (9:00 am – 1:30 pm) at the Truckee Courthouse.

  • Services and Resources Provided

    The Self Help Center and Family Law Facilitator provide general information to anyone in the public and also to those who have legal issues buy would like to explore acting as their own lawyer.  These individuals are commonly referred to as a "self-represented  or "pro-per" litigant (Latin for "for one's self").  Cases and legal issues we can provide help with include (but not limited to):

  • Adoption
  • Conservatorship
  • Divorce/Marriage Dissolution
  • Guardianship
  • Name Change
  • Small Claims  (see Small Claims advisor page)
  • Child and Spousal Support (see Family Law Facilitator page)
  • Child Custody
  • Evictions and Unlawful Detainer actions
  • Restraining Orders
  • Appeals
  • Civil matters
  • Traffic
  • Juvenile
  • Probate/Estate Planning
  • Modification of Probation
  • Neighbor/Real Estate Disputes
  • Information is available in the form of books, packets and brochures.  We also provide interactive video workshops, computers with full internet access to access a number of online legal research and self-help websites.



    Location & contact info

    201 Church St
    Nevada City, CA 95959
    - 1st Floor, Suite 9

    Helen Cavanaugh
    - Attorney at Law

    Phone: (530) 470-2594
    Hours and Location
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