Attorneys can be expensive. Some civil disputes can be handled on your own or by making use of other resources.
Small Claims Court can be a viable option for disputes worth $10,000 or less.
Many of the South Bay Communities have a relationship with South Bay Center for Dispute Resolution, which offers mediation services for a wide variety of disputes and is a particularly good first stop for problems amongst neighbors.
LAHelpCare.Org is a terrific legal self-help resource and a place where you may find pro bono help, if eligible.