Can I get free legal advice from the County
No. The County Counsel provides legal advice
to the Board of Supervisors, elected officials, and County
employees for matters related to the operation and management of
the County Government. The County Counsel and other attorneys in
the office cannot provide legal advice to members of the public.
If you need a lawyer and do not have one, you
can call the Lawyer Referral Service of Humboldt County Bar
Association at (707) 445-2652.
I have suffered personal injury or property
damage, which I believe was caused by the County or one of its
employees. How do I go about collecting for my damages?
The process of collecting damages from the
County begins with the filing of a claim with the Clerk of the
Board of Supervisors, located at 825 5th Street, Room 111, Eureka,
The law regarding claims against public entities
is complex and has short deadlines. You should endeavor to present
your claim without delay. For additional information, please see
California Government Code Section 910, et. seq.
I would like to perfect service on the County
of Humboldt. Can I serve the County Counsel?
Except for very limited circumstances where
service through the County Counsel has been pre-authorized, you
must serve the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors to perfect
service against the County of Humboldt.
I would like to view some County records. Can
I get them from the Office of the County Counsel?
The Office of the County Counsel is not the
official custodian of any records of the County of Humboldt. You
should inquire directly at the office or location where you
believe the records are maintained.
Can I speak with Wendy Chaitin? Her name is
listed on the top of the papers I received.
Wendy Chaitin is the County Counsel and her name
appears on all the documents filed by anyone in the office. The
person most familiar with your case is usually the person who
signed the document. That person's name appears beneath Wendy Chaitin's
name at the top of the document, and beneath the
signature itself. If you believe you must speak with someone
regarding your matter, that is the person to whom you should speak
What are my rights if I've been arrested/charged with a crime?
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