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What Is FloridaLawHelp.org?

FloridaLawHelp.org provides know-your-rights information and referrals to organizations that provide free or low-cost help to low and moderate income Floridians.

If you find a broken link, please report it to the site administrator: kate@floridajusticetechnologycenter.org

 

Using the Search Bar 

  • Use the Search Bar on the top of the home page - type words from your legal problem. For example use terms like eviction or divorce.  
    • "Find Info" tab shows a list of resources to read about your legal problem. You can narrow results by languge or topics. 
    • "Find Help" tab provides a list of legal services offices, clinics, lawyer referral services or non-profits that you can contact to see if you are eligible for free or low cost legal help from an attorney. 
  • Use the Search Bar and type or city or county to find legal help.  
    • "Find Help" tab provides a list of legal services offices, clinics, lawyer referal services or non-profits in your city or county. 

Browsing Legal Topics 

  • If you are not sure of what words to use in the Search Bar, you can look at the list of legal topics and chose different categories to explore. For example, eviction resources are found under Houses & Apartments and divorce topics are found under Family.  You can narrow results based on subtopics. 

Search for Legal Help 

Choose to see: 

  • a list of Legal Aid offices in Florida 
  • the Florida Bar Referral Service website or 
  • a calendar of statewide clinics you can browse or search 

Types of Help 

There are several different ways in which an organization may be able to provide help:

  • Full Representation by a lawyer or a legal advocate in court or at a hearing at a government agency
  • Brief Advice in person or over the telephone 
  • Pro Se Legal Clinic where you are shown how to "help yourself" with a particular legal problem
  • Self-Help Materials such as educational factsheets and brochures
  • Other workshops and other services

 

Can I get help if my income is larger than program eligibility guidelines?

Some organizations may make exceptions for seniors, people who are HIV positive, or people experiencing domestic violence. Some organizations also take into account expenses such as childcare, medical bills and debts. Contact the program for specific eligibility details. 

Income guidelines

Some organizations cannot serve people with incomes higher than their guidelines.  Income guidelines use either a percentage of the federal poverty guidelines, or a set dollar amount (example: $18,000/year).  FloridaLawHelp.org does not guarantee assistance from an organization even if you meet its income guidelines. Assets also affect eligibility for services and are determined on a case by case basis by each legal services program.

Many legal aid offices use the chart below to decide who can receive help.  Look for your family size, then review the boxes to the right to see where your income falls on the chart. Some organizations have more flexible guidelines and can serve people with incomes over these levels.  

Yearly Income as a Percentage of the 2017 Federal Poverty Level 

 

Other Requirements

Some organizations only serve special groups such as:

  • Children 
  • Seniors 
  • People who are HIV positive or related to those with HIV. 
  • People experiencing domestic violence.

Be sure to look at these other requirements carefully before contacting an organization.

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