Find Legal Help in Sarasota

Legal Aid

Legal aid organizations offer free or low cost legal help to people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Legal aid organizations do not handle criminal, traffic or personal injury cases. You may have to meet income requirements and fill out an application.


Gulfcoast Legal Services
Bradenton Office
1112 Manatee Ave. E, 2nd Floor
Bradenton, FL 34208
Telephone: 1-941-746-6151
Fax: 1-941-746-3661

Legal Aid of Manasota
Sarasota Office
1900 Main St., Ste. 302
Sarasota, FL 34236
Telephone: 1-941-366-0038
Fax: 1-941-364-8855

Legal Aid of Manasota
Venice Office
749 Shamrock Blvd.
Venice, FL 34293
Telephone: 1-941-492-4631
Fax: 1-941-364-8855

Lawyer Referral Service

The Florida Bar or local bar associations can refer you to local lawyers who handle your legal problem. The referrals are free, but you will have to discuss the cost of the case with the lawyer.  Some programs offer a time-limited consultation for a flat fee.

The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service
The Florida Bar
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
(800) 342-8011
(850) 561-5844 

Public Defender

If you have been charged with a crime and can't afford a lawyer, a judge can appoint a lawyer to represent you. You must meet income requirements, fill out an application and pay a fee.


Office of the Public Defender
Sarasota Justice Center
2071 Ringling Blvd., 5th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34237
Telephone: 1-941-861-5500 

Other Legal Resources

Florida Free Legal Answers:  Free online legal help

  • Florida Free Legal Answers is an online civil legal service for people who cannot afford to pay for an attorney.
  • The service is a cooperative effort of The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association.  Free legal help & resources for immigrants

  • Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options.
  • The online screening tool, legal information, and referrals to nonprofit legal services organizations are free.  
  • Immi was created by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing access to justice for low-income immigrants.


Stateside Legal:  Free legal help & information for those who have served in the military.

  • Stateside Legal was created to strengthen recognition and enforcement of veterans’ and service members’ legal rights and protections.
  • It is designed to help establish justice for those who have served in the armed forces.

Find your County or Circuit Court.

Updated March 25, 2019.

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