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Legal information, not legal advice

This website has legal information—not legal advice. If you need legal advice, talk to a lawyer. The law is complicated, and your situation may be different than what we talk about in this guide. If the guide recommends that you talk to a lawyer, please do so! There are many places in California where you can talk to a lawyer for free or for a very low cost. The lawyers there will help you no matter how old you are. For information on getting free legal help, visit


This guide tells you about lots of resources. We do not recommend or endorse those resources or the quality of information, services, or referrals they provide. The resources listed are options for you to explore. There may be other good resources that are not listed here. Do your best to explore all the choices available to you, and find what’s best for you.

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Youth Voices and the comments space on this website are intended to encourage lively discussion, insights, ideas and opinions.

We have a few guidelines that we ask you to follow though in writing.
Comments that are not relevant to the youth guide, political messages, diatribes, personal attacks, obscenity and hate speech will be removed, as will links to unrelated services or products, marketing copy and spam. We also retain the right to remove any other comment we deem inappropriate for this forum.

To sum up, please keep it nice, keep it thoughtful and keep it focused on the topic!