Florida legal aid resources are excellent alternatives to legal assistance for low income and elderly Floridians. We have compiled a list of legal aid programs in Florida as well as useful legal research tools and informational websites that we have found to be useful for our clients of all income levels.
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Florida Legal Aid Resources
Here is a listing of various legal aid organizations and other legal resources in Florida. We provide a short description for each one and a direct link to their websites for more information.
If you choose to try the free legal resources services available in Florida, be aware that there are eligibility requirements for most of these services.
• Gulfcoast Legal Services is a non-profit corporation providing free legal assistance to income eligible residents of the greater Tampa Bay area. We have offices in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties.
We also provide immigration services to residents of Pasco county as well as in the other four counties where we have offices. GLS has been in existence since 1978.
SelfHelpSupport.org • SelfHelpSupport.org is an award-winning site that supports a growing network of self-help program practitioners with an online clearinghouse of information relating to self-representation.
Florida Legal Services • Florida Legal Services, Inc. (FLS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1973 to provide civil legal assistance to indigent persons who would not otherwise have the means to obtain a lawyer.
Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida • The mission of Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida is to improve the lives of low income persons in our community through advocacy, education, representation and empowerment.
FloridaLawHelp.org • FloridaLawHelp.org is administered by Florida Legal Services, Inc. and is produced in cooperation with Pro Bono Net and the legal service organizations and government agencies throughout Florida and the United States.
Florida Rural Legal Services • Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. (FRLS) was founded in 1966 as a private, non-profit corporation. FRLS provides free civil legal assistance to indigents and low-income elderly people in thirteen counties in South Central Florida. FRLS also provides legal assistance to migrant workers throughout the state of Florida.
Bay Area Legal Services • Bay Area Legal Services is a regional, non-profit public interest law firm that provides the highest quality legal counsel by assisting individuals and non-profit groups that have limited access to legal services; by resolving the legal problems of our clients; and by preserving the independence, hope, and dignity of those we serve.
Community Legal Services of Mid Florida • CLSMF is a nonprofit law firm serving twelve Florida counties. Our mission is to provide access to justice through high quality legal assistance to low-income people. Since 1966, dedicated CLSMF attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and advocates have worked diligently to solve civil legal problems that impact the day to day lives of Mid-Florida residents who cannot afford private attorney fees.
Legal Services of North Florida • Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF) is a private non-profit corporation dedicated to providing free legal representation to low income people with civil legal problems. Client eligibility is based on financial income and asset guidelines set by the federal government. Cases are also screened based on a variety of factors including case type.
Lawyer Referral Services
Need a referral to local attorneys who will contact you and, in many cases, can work with you individually on a case by case basis? Try these recommended Florida legal aid resources:
Call the Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (800) 342-8011 and ask for a referral to an attorney on their Low Cost Panel. If you qualify, you will be referred to a private attorney who will charge you a reduced fee.
The first half hour of consultation with the attorney will be free. If you do not qualify for the reduced fee attorney, you will be given the name of an attorney who charges regular fees. However, that attorney will only charge you $25.00 for the first half hour consultation.
Recommended Legal Resources
FALDP.org - The Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers is an organization of professional document preparers helping self-representing litigants.
Florida Divorce Information - Your guide to Florida divorce laws, with information about separation and divorce, child custody and support, divorce forms, and finding a divorce lawyer.