Family Law Project

JDC's Family Law Project assists low-income individuals and families with family law matters including marital dissolutions, child custody, and child support. We also assist with related issues such as domestic violence restraining orders.


Family Law Assisted Self-Help Project (FLASH)

JDC’s Family Law Assisted Self-Help Project (FLASH) provides assistance to people who are representing themselves in their dissolution of marriage in San Francisco court. In addition, the FLASH staff attorney holds bi-monthly Mandatory Settlement Conference Workshops where litigants receive help with preparing for their Mandatory Settlement Conference. The FLASH attorney is located at the ACCESS Center at San Francisco Superior Court, and takes referrals from the Center. Services are available in Spanish, Russian and English. FLASH occasionally utilizes the assistance of experienced volunteer attorneys. For more information, email probono@sfbar.org.

Conservatorships

JDC receives referrals for uncontested conservatorships from the Superior Court’s ACCESS Center. JDC assists low-income individuals in petitioning for conservatorship of a dependent adult. We do not assist with conservatorships of the estate. Through this project, we assign cases to volunteer attorneys and provide them with mentorship. Cases generally require meeting with the client, completing the necessary pleadings and filing them with the court. After filing, there will be a hearing where Letters of Conservatorship are issued. Before you volunteer with this project, you must attend our free CLE training.

Guardianships

JDC receives referrals for uncontested guardianships from the Superior Court's ACCESS Center. JDC assists low-income clients obtain a guardianship of the person (we do not help with guardianships of the estate). Through this project, we assign cases to volunteer attorneys and provide a mentor if necessary. Cases generally require meeting with the client and then filling out the necessary forms and filing them with the court. After filing, there will be a hearing in the probate court and then the letters of guardianship are issued. Before you volunteer with this project, you must complete an online training and attend our free CLE training.

Estate Planning

We assist low income-individuals with basic estate planning needs, including simple wills, advance healthcare directives and powers of attorney. Through this project, we assign clients to volunteer attorneys and provide them with mentorship. Cases generally require 2-3 meetings with the client and completion of the necessary documents. Before you volunteer with this project, you must attend our free CLE training.


Volunteering

While the emphasis is on full-scope representation, in which the volunteer takes the case from start to finish, we also have limited scope opportunities to assist clients with specific hearings. All prospective volunteers are required to complete our two-part CLE training in family law.

For more information, email probono@sfbar.org.

To sign up for a Family Law training, visit the calendar.