Thirteenth Judicial District Court

State of New Mexico

Valencia Legal Resources

13th Judicial District Court

The Court provides free legal form packets with simple, clear instructions for people who wish to represent themselves in a variety of matters. The Court also holds a Court Clinic at the courthouse once a month on the second Thursday of each month, from 10am to 2pm. People are seen in the Court Clinic on a first come, first served basis by volunteer attorneys. The staff attorney for the Court is also available to answer questions for pro se parties.

 
 
Address:
1835 Highway 314 S.W.
  Los Lunas, NM 87031
 
 
Phone:
505-865-4291
 
 
Website:
www.13districtcourt.com

 

Advocacy, Inc.

Mission is to promote the interests of at-risk children by providing legal advocacy and other supportive services. Provide legal representation in uncontested guardianships, advice, information and referral.

 
 
Address:
6301 4th St. N.W., Suite 3
  Albuquerque, NM 87107
 
 
Phone:
505-266-3166
  866-257-5320
 
 
Website:
www.nmadvocacy.org

 

Pegasus Legal Services for Children

Mission is to promote the interests of children by providing legal advocacy and other supportive services. Provide legal representation in contested guardianships, emancipation, etc., as well as advice, information and referral.

 
 
Address:
3201 4th St. N.W.
  Albuquerque, NM 87107
 
 
Phone:
505-244-1101
 
 
Website:
www.pegasuslaw.org

 

Senior Citizen Law Office

The Senior Citizen Law Office assists seniors, 60 years of age or older, with a variety of issues including: wills and other estate planning issues, health care directives (living wills), consumer problems, medicare issues, etc. The Office also conducts monthly workshops on   these issues. Wills and other documents can be drafted by the Office for a reasonable fee.

 
 
Address:
4317 Lead S.E., Suite A
  Albuquerque, NM 87108
 
 
Phone:
505-265-2300
 
 
Website:
www.sclo.net



SEE ALSO Statewide Legal Resources listed below which serve Valencia County residents.

Statewide Legal Resources

Adult Protective Services

Social workers investigate reported cases of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults. Can assist in adult homecare services and referrals.

 
 
Address:
625 Silver S.W., Suite 215
  Albuquerque, NM 87102
 
 
Phone:
505-841-4500

 

American Civil Liberties Union

Assist people in determining if their constitutional rights have been violated.

 
 
Address:
P.O. Box 80915
  Albuquerque, NM 87198
 
 
Phone:
505-266-5915
  800-773-5706
 
 
Website:
www.aclu-nm.org

 

ARC of New Mexico

Advocates for developmentally disabled persons and their families. Assists parents in getting SSI benefits, Medicaid benefits and guardianship documents.

 
 
Address:
3655 Carlisle N.E.
  Albuquerque, NM 87110
 
 
Phone:
505-883-4630
  800-358-6493
 
 
Website:
www.arcnm.com

 

Attorney General of New Mexico

Assists in a wide range of consumer law issues as well as in compliance with open meetings act, election issues, etc.

 
 
Address:
111 Lomas N.W.
  Santa Fe, NM 80000
 
 
Phone:
505-222-9000
  800-678-1508 (consumer protection only)
 
 
Website:
www.ago.state.nm.us

 

Bankruptcy Court

The United States Bankruptcy Court in Albuquerque has Bankruptcy Information Packets available for pro se parties. The packets include instructions and forms and can be picked up in the court clerk's office. The same forms are also available online.

 
 
Address:
500 Gold S.W. (10th floor)
  Albuqerque, NM 87102
 
 
Phone:
505-348-2500
 
 
Website:
www.nmcourt.fed.us

 

Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau of New Mexico maintains a statewide program designed to resolve disputes between a consumer and a business if the claim is for $7,500 or less. Volunteer attorneys and mediators hear cases free if the BBB cannot reach a reasonable agreement between the parties at a first hearing.

 
 
Address:
2625 Pennsylvania N.E., #2050
  Albuquerque, NM 87110-3658
 
 
Phone:
505-346--0110
  800-873-2224
 
 
Website:
www.bbbnm.com

 

Catholic Charities of Central New Mexico

Legal services for certain kinds of immigration cases, referral services, housing and child care help.

 
 
Address:
2010 Bridge S.W.
  Albuquerque, NM 87105
 
 
Phone:
505-247-0442
 
 
Website:
www.catholiccharitiesasf.org

 

Child Support Enforcement

The New Mexico Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) assists parents in obtaining and enforcing court ordered child support payments. CSED has a website where a person can download an application to begin the process of seeking child support, find the child support guidelines as well as seek answers to any questions they might have about CSED or the process of seeking child support. CSED has 18 offices throught the state serving all 33 counties of New Mexico. The website can direct you to the correct CSED office in your county.

 
 
Address:
P.O. Box 25110
  Santa Fe, NM 87504
 
 
Phone:
800-288-7207
 
 
Website:
www.state.nm.us/hsd

 

Children, Youth and Families Department

The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department(CYFC) investigates claims of abuse or neglect of chldren. The Department can also assist in referrals to services for children. CYFD has offices throught the state to serve all 33 counties in New Mexico.

 
 
Address:
1120 Pasea De Peralta
  Santa Fe, NM 87501
 
 
Phone:
505-827-7602
  800-797-3260
 
 
Website:
www.cyfd.org

 

Consumer Credit Counseling Services

Professional counseling and guidance in money management, budgeting and credit use. Assist in developing a repayment   program.

 
 
Address:
(no local address)
 
 
Phone:
888-812-5335
 
 
Website:
www.moneymanagement.org

 

Consumer Debt /Bankruptcy Workshops

The consumer debt workshops are held monthly at the state bar in Albuquerque. Workshop participants receive a free consultation with an attorney the evening of the workshop for advice and to have their legal documents reviewed. Free.

 
 
Address:
5121 Masthead N.E.
  Albuquerque, NM 87109
 
 
Phone:
505-797-6066
 
 
Website:
www.nmbar.org

 

Consumer Debt Workshops

Workshops are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at the New Mexico State Bar building from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Workshops begin with a presentation by a volunteer attorney followed by a question and answer period. After the presentation, paricipants may meet with an attorney for a free consultation. Pre-registration is required to attend the workshop.

 
 
Address:
5121 Masthead N.E.
  Albuquerque, NM
 
 
Phone:
505-797-6054
  800-876-6227

 

Consumer Protection - Attorney General's   Office

The Consumer Protection Division of the New Mexico Attorney General's off helps to protect the public from fraudulent and unethical business practices.

 
 
Address:
P.O. Drawer 1508
  Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508
 
 
Phone:
505-827-6060 or 6009
  800-678-1508
 
 
Website:
www.ago.state.nm.us

 

Dads Against Discrimination

Assists fathers through custody options and court procedures.

 
 
Address:
12301 Manitoba N.E.
  Albuquerque, NM 87111
 
 
Phone:
505-299-2673

 

Grandparents Are Indeed Necessary (GAIN)

Assists grandparents in getting visitation rights. Holds regular meetings at the Bear Canyon Senior Center in Albuquerque.

 
 
Address:
(no address available)
 
 
Phone:
505-296-3589

 

Grandparents' Rights Hotline

Counselors discuss grandparent visitation rights and guardianship issues involving grandchildren.

 
 
Address:
(no local address)
 
 
Phone:
800-432-2080

 

Guardianship Legal Helpline

The Guardianship Legal Helpline provides legal services to grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship caregivers of children whose parents are unwilling or unable to take care of them. Types of legal services include: information and advice about kinship guardianship, help for people representing themselves and respresentation by a lawyer. This helpline is provided by Law Access New Mexico and Pegasus Legal Services for   Children.

 
 
Address:
(no address for helpline)
 
 
Phone:
505-217-1660
  800-980-1165

 

Guardianship Services, Office of

The Office of Guardianship Services is a division of the state Developmental Disability Planning Counsel. The Office provides attorney services for establishing guardianships/conservatorships for developmentally disabled adults. Such adults must meed income guidelines to be eligible for services.

 
 
Address:
810 W, San Mateo, Suite C
  Santa Fe, NM 87505
 
 
Phone:
505-476-7321
  800-311-2229

 

Guardianship, New Mexico Association

The New Mexico Guardianship Association can assist persons seeking help to establish guardianships or conservatorships for incapacitated adults or minors. Their website contains a great deal of   information on guardianships and conservatorships including a downloadable handbook that is a practical guide to the law and forms assisting guardians or conservators in performing their duties.

 
 
Address:
(no local address, see website)
 
 
Phone:
(no local telephone, see website)
 
 
Website:
www.guardianshipnm.org

 

Human Rights Commission

The New Mexico Human Rights Commission assist people with claims of discrimination or harrassment.

 
 
Address:
1596 Pacheco St., Suite 103
  Santa Fe, NM 87505
 
 
Phone:
505-827-6838
  800-566-9471

 

IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service

The Internal Revenue Service maintains a Taxpyer Advocate division to assit in resolving any IRS action that creates an economic hardship on a taxpayer.

 
 
Address:
5338 Montgomery N.E.
  Albuquerque, NM 87109
 
 
Phone:
505-837-5705
  877-777-4778
 
 
Website:
www.irs.gov/advocate

 

Landlord/Tenant Handbook and Hotline

This telephone hotline (also called the fair housing cetner hotline)assists both landlords and tenants with issues and disputes over rental properties. This website link takes you to a the Renter's Guide: a handbook for tenants and landlords. It is an excellent source of understanding the law from both the landlord side as well as the tenant side.

 
 
Address:
(no address available)
 
 
Phone:
866-226-0068
 
 
Website:
www.lawhelp.org/Program/3501

 

Law Access New Mexico

A legal helpline providing legal advice in civil, landlord/tenant and domestic cases for low income people as well as referrals to appropriate services/agencies.

 
 
Address:
(no address available)
 
 
Phone:
505-998-4529
  800-340-9771

 

Law Library, University of New Mexico School   of Law

The University of New Mexico Law Library is open to the public. The library maintains many legal forms and the librarians can provide information on legal referral services. The library also has public computers for access to internet legal resources and legal research   databases.

 
 
Address:
University of New Mexico, North Campus, inside   the Law School
 
 
Phone:
505-277-6236

 

Lawyer Referral - Albuquerque Bar   Association

The Bar assists in arranging a 30 minute consultaton with an experienced Albuquerque area attorney in the attorney's office for a $30 fee. The attorney will discuss your legal options and rights and assist in making legal decisions. Appointment are usually scheduled within 2 to 4 days of request.

 
 
Address:
400 Gold S.W., Suite 620
 
 
Phone:
505-243-2615
 
 
Website:
www.abqbar.com

 

Lawyer Referral - New Mexico State Bar

The program offers 30 minute consultations/case assessments with a private attorney for a $27 fee.

 
 
Address:
(no local address0
 
 
Phone:
505-797-6066
  800-876-6227
 
 
Website:
www.nmbar.org

 

Lawyer Referral for the Elderly

Legal helpline available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Provides legal advice, information and issue assessment free of charge to people 55 years of age and older. If the issue   cannot be resolved over the telephone, referrals to private attorneys may be   made for limited services and may include free, reduced or full attorney's fees based upon income guidelines. The Lawyer Referral for the Elderly program also provides workshops, brochures and some legal forms.

 
 
Address:
P.O. Box 92860
  Albuquerque, NM 87199-2860
 
 
Phone:
505-797-6005
  800-876-6657
 
 
Website:
www.nmbar.org

 

Legal Aid

New Mexico Legal Aid provides free representation to low income people throughout the state in civil and domestic cases.

 
 
Address:
301 Gold S.W.
  Albuquerque, NM
 
 
Phone:
505-243-7871
 
 
Website:
www.nmlegalaid.org

 

Native American Protection and Advocacy   Project

Serves developmentally disabled and mentally disabled Native American clients. No charge for assistance. Individuals must   meed federal income guidelines. Does not handl issues of SSI/SSDI appeals,   guardianship/conservatorship or domestice relations.

 
 
Address:
3535 E. 30th St., Suite 201
  Farmington, NM 87402
 
 
Phone:
505-566-5880
  800-862-7271

 

Parents Reaching Out

Program trains parents to be advocates for their disabled children in school and other settings. Also maintain a large resource library.

 
 
Address:
1920-B Columbia Dr. S.E.
  Albuquerque, NM 87106
 
 
Phone:
505-247-0192
  800-524-5176
 
 
Website:
wwww.parentsreachingout.org

 

Protection and Advocacy

Assists developmentally or mentally disabled clients. Clients must meet income guidelines to qualify for free assistance. The organization does not handle SSI/SSDI appeals, guardianships/conservatorships or domestic relations issues.

 
 
Address:
1720 Louisiana N.E., #204
  Albuquerque, NM 87110
 
 
Phone:
505-256-3100
 
 
Website:
www.nmpanda.org