Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.

What We Do:

Bay Area Legal Services (BALS) provides free civil legal help to eligible residents in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota.  BALS helps people with low incomes and assets who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents.  However, BALS may also be able to help seniors, domestic violence victims, and certain other qualified applicants. 

BALS has offices in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas.  The Corral Wodiska Cigar Factory, Plant City and Ruskin offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on holidays.  BALS also has evening intake clinics through the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program as well as telephone appointments in the evening and on weekend days.

Types of issues or cases handled:

We help with family law issues, domestic violence, basic needs, seniors, and advance planning for incapacity.  Our special programs include the L. David Shear Children's Law Center, Judge Don Castor Community Law Center, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, and Fair Housing Initiatives.

Areas Served:

  • Hillsborough.
  • Manatee.
  • Pasco.
  • Pinellas.
  • Sarasota.

Income and Other Eligibility:

BALS generally helps applicants who have limited income and assets, and who are permanent legal residents of the United States. However, eligibility exceptions may apply to seniors, domestic violence victims, and certain other qualified applicants.

BALS provides free interpreters for people who do not speak English or have a hearing impairment.

How to Get Help:

  • Call 1.813.864.2280 for walk-in hours at the George Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa.
  • The Florida Online Intake application can provide Information about whether BALS can help with your specific legal issue 24 hours a day
  • Telephone Intake:  Call Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • 813.232.1343 (Hillsborough residents)
    • 1.800.625.2257 (Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota residents)
    • 1.800.955.8771 /TTY
  • Help with Domestic Violence Injunctions

Office Locations:


Corral Wodiska Cigar Factory

1302 N. 19th Street, Suite 400

Tampa, FL 33605-5230

Telephone:  1-813-232-1343

Fax:  1-813-248-9922

TTY:  1-800-955-8771


L. David Shear Children’s Law Center

1302 N. 19th Street, Suite 400

Tampa, FL 33605-5230

Telephone:  1-813-227-9050

Fax:  1-813-248-1166

TTY:  1-800-955-8771


George Edgecomb Courthouse

800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa FL

Legal Information Center - Room 203

Family Forms Clinic - Room 207

For Walk-In hours call:  1-813-864-2280

TTY:  1-800-955-8771


Plant City Office

701 Tillman Place, Ste. 300

Plant City, FL 33566-7169

Telephone:  1-813-752-1335

Fax: 1-813-659-0240

TTY:  1-800-955-8771


Ruskin Office

SouthShore Community Resource Center

201 14th Avenue SE, Suite I

Ruskin, FL 33570

Telelephone:  1-813-634-6044

Fax:  1-813-641-1011

TTY:  1-800-955-8771




New Port Richey Office

7340 Little Road, Suite 101

New Port Richey, FL 34654

Telephone:  1-727-847-5494

Fax:  1-727-816-1071

TTY:  1-800-955-8771


Dade City Office - New address!
14950 US Highway 301
Dade City, FL 33523
Telephone: 1-352-567-9044

Fax:  1-352-567-0681
TTY:  1-800-955-8771




St. Petersburg Office

4948 Central Avenue

St. Petersburg, FL 33707-1941

Telephone:  1-727-490-4040

Fax: 1-727-201-4331

TTY:  1-800-955-8771


Clearwater Office

800 Drew Street

Clearwater, FL 33755-5658

Telephone:  1-727-490-4040

Fax: 1-727-201-4331

TTY:  1-800-955-8771


Updated: October 17, 2018

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