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How-To Guides

Our four Self-Help Legal Access Centers have how-to guides that show you how to fill out many of the civil court forms for Los Angeles Superior Court. Some how-to guides and forms are only available at the Self-Help Centers. Click here for locations.

Adult Name Change – How-To Guide
Adult Name Change – Forms

Adult Name and Gender Change – How-To Guide
Adult Name and Gender Change – Forms

Child Name Change, One Parent – How-To Guide
Child Name Change, One Parent – Forms

Child Name Change, Both Parents – How-To Guide
Child Name Change, Both Parents – Forms

Civil Harassment Request How-To Guide (English)
Civil Harassment Request How-To Guide (Spanish)
Civil Harassment Request Forms

Civil Harassment Response How-To Guide (English)
Civil Harassment Response How-To Guide (Spanish)
Civil Harassment Response Forms

Claim of Exemption – Bank Levy How-To Guide (English)
Claim of Exemption – Bank Levy How-To Guide (Spanish)
Claim of Exemption – Bank Levy Forms

Claim of Exemption – Wage Garnishment How-To Guide (English)
Claim of Exemption – Wage Garnishment How-To Guide (Spanish)
Claim of Exemption – Wage Garnishment Forms

Divorce Default Judgment Request How-To Guide (English)
Divorce Default Judgment Request How-To Guide (Spanish)
Divorce Default Judgment Request Forms

Divorce Response with Children How-To Guide (English)
Divorce Response with Children How-To Guide (Spanish)
Divorce Response with Children Forms

Divorce Response Without Children How-To Guide (English)
Divorce Response Without Children How-To Guide (Spanish)
Divorce Response Without Children Forms

Divorce Property Disclosure How-To Guide (English)
Divorce Property Disclosure How-To Guide (Spanish)
Divorce Property Disclosure Forms

Eviction Defense: Court Processes and Resources

Ex Parte (Emergency) Motion to Continue or Postpone Trial How-To Guide (English)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Motion to Continue or Postpone Trial How-To Guide (Spanish)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Motion to Continue or Postpone Trial Forms

Ex Parte (Emergency) Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment How-To Guide (English)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment How-To Guide (Spanish)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment Forms

Ex Parte (Emergency) Request for Orders How-To Guide (English)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Request for Orders How-To Guide (Spanish)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Request for Orders Forms

Ex Parte (Emergency) Shortening Time for MSA How-To Guide (English)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Shortening Time for MSA How-To Guide (Spanish)
Ex Parte (Emergency) Shortening Time for MSA Forms

Expungement – How-To Guide
Expungement – Forms

Family Trial Setting How-To Guide (English)
Family Law Trial Setting How-To Guide (Spanish)
Family Law Trial Setting Forms

Fee Waiver How-To Guide (English)
Fee Waiver How-To Guide (Spanish)
Fee Waiver Forms Packet

Paternity Default Judgment Request How-To Guide (English)
Paternity Default Judgment Request How-To Guide (Spanish)
Paternity Default Judgment Request Forms

Paternity Response How-To Guide (English)
Paternity Response How-To Guide (Spanish)
Paternity Response Forms

Request for Initial Orders How-To Guide (English)
Request for Initial Orders How-To Guide (Spanish)
Request for Initial Orders Forms

Request for Modification of Orders How-To Guide (English)
Request for Modification of Orders How-To Guide (Spanish)
Request for Modification of Orders Forms

Response to Request for Orders How-To Guide (English)
Response to Request for Orders How-To Guide (Spanish)
Response to Request for Orders Forms

Self-Help Flier (English)
Self-Help Flier (Spanish)

Unlawful Detainer Additional Resources (English)
Unlawful Detainer Additional Resources (Spanish)
Unlawful Detainer Additional Resources (Korean)

Unlawful Detainer Answer How-To Guide (English)
Unlawful Detainer Answer How-To Guide (Spanish)
Unlawful Detainer Answer Forms
Unlawful Detainer Answer Supplement (COVID-19 Related Financial Distress) Forms

Unlawful Detainer Ex Parte Motion For Additional Time to Relocate How-To Guide (English)
Unlawful Detainer Ex Parte Motion For Additional Time to Relocate Forms


Unlawful Detainer Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment (Complete Forms Packet)

Unlawful Detainer General Denial How-To Guide
Unlawful Detainer General Denial Answer Forms

Click here for Los Angeles Superior Court Forms

These guides are designed to help you fill out the forms yourself, and are not intended to provide legal advice nor strategy as to how to complete the case. The information provided in the guides only presents options and examples. This is not a substitute for professional legal advice from an attorney.