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Self-Help Conservatorship Clinic

The Bet Tzedek Self-Help Conservatorship Clinic, in partnership with the Los Angeles Superior Court, provides basic assistance to individuals who want to file for a probate conservatorship without a lawyer in order to help an adult who cannot care for himself or herself. The Clinic does not provide legal advice or attorney representation; instead it offers general information about the court process and help in preparing and filing documents to be appointed as a probate conservator.

At no cost on a first-come, first-served basis, our Self-Help Clinic serves individuals who do not have an attorney and need basic help so they can represent themselves in the probate conservatorship process. Individuals with more complex or contested cases should seek the assistance of an attorney.

At our Self-Help Clinic, Bet Tzedek’s staff and volunteers can help you:

  • Obtain general information about probate conservatorships, alternatives to conservatorships, and the court process;
  • Obtain referrals for social services or legal assistance;
  • File for probate conservatorships of the person to care for the physical needs of a person with a disability;
  • File for probate conservatorship of a small estate to help manage the limited finances and property of a person with a disability;
  • Make sure the simple pleadings or declarations you write are in the proper format; and
  • Request to be appointed as a Temporary Probate Conservator in limited emergency circumstances.

Clinic services are provided using an easy-to-use computer-based program developed by the California Judicial Council. Self-represented individuals can complete basic petition documents using this program with or without assistance from Clinic volunteers.

If you would like to use our Clinic services to petition to be appointed as a conservator, please click here for the Conservatorship Questionnaire, print it out, answer all questions completely, and bring it with you to one of our clinics listed below.

If you would like to have someone help you make decisions about the care of a person with a disability, please click here for the Co-conservator Questionnaire, print it out, answer all questions completely, and bring it with you to one of clinics listed below. Please note that the clinic can only help you file for two Co-conservators. 

Clinic Locations (click on clinic name for dates and times):

DOWNTOWN SELF-HELP CLINIC (across the street from the Stanley Mosk Courthouse)
301 W. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
To proceed with filing a petition for probate conservatorship, new visitors must stay for an orientation after this initial meeting, for an additional 90 minutes. Space is limited to the first 25 new visitors.

DOWNTOWN SUPERIOR COURT (Stanley Mosk Courthouse)
111 N. Hill Street, Room 426
Los Angeles, CA 90012
For petitioners returning from hearings

12350 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA 90650

601 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534

LONG BEACH COURT (Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse)
275 Magnolia Avenue, Room 3101
Long Beach, CA 90802

For same day service at any of these locations (other than the Downtown Self-Help Clinic), please arrive at the Clinic within the first hour after opening. 

Contact Us

Main Office
3250 Wilshire Blvd., 13th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (323) 939-0506
Fax: (213) 471-4568

Please click below for our new location as of 8/29/2012
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Bet Tzedek is an affiliated agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
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