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Legal Aid Organizations in Florida

Legal aid organizations help people who need a lawyer but can't afford one.  Most offer free or low cost legal help for civil issues:

  • Domestic violence,
  • Divorce,
  • Child custody,
  • Housing,
  • Benefits,
  • Bankruptcy
  • Consumer issues
  • and more. 

Legal aid organizations do not handle: Criminal, traffic or personal injury cases.

Search by county, issue or organization name to find more information about legal aid programs in Florida.


Find Help by County

Find your local:

  • Legal Aid Organization(s)
  • Lawyer Referral Service
  • Public Defender's Office
  • Courts
  • And other resources...

Florida Online Intake

Apply online for help from legal aid organizations in the listed counties:

  • Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Clay, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, St, Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, or Union (Three Rivers Legal Services).
  • Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, or Sarasota (Bay Area Legal Services or its regional partners, the Community Law Program, Gulfcoast Legal Services or Legal Aid of Manasota).
  • Miami-Dade or Monroe (Legal Services of Greater Miami).
  • Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, or Washington (Legal Services of North Florida).

You will need the following information:

  • Complete address.
  • Citizenship status.
  • Social Security Number.
  • Number of people living in the household.
  • Monthly income of each adult living in your household including yourself.
  • Monthly expenses of each adult living in your household including yourself.

The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service

Contact the Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service and get the name, address and telephone number of a lawyer in your geographic area who handles your kind of case. 

The lawyer you are referred to will give you the first half hour consultation for no more than $25. After that, it is up to you and the attorney to negotiate the fees and costs.

To ask for a lawyer referral through this service, you can:

  • See if your area is covered by visiting the coverage map.
  • Fill out the online form 24 hours a day
  • Call 1-800-342-8011, on Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Want to know more?  Read the FAQs!


Florida Free Legal Answers

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.

If you qualify for assistance, you can sign up for an account, then post a question privately.  A volunteer attorney will anonymously answer the question through the website. You will receive an email alert when the question receives a response. You can ask followup questions through the website.


Public Defenders

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
  • pay a fee 

Click on the links to the public defender offices across Florida for more information.


Clinics

Search for legal clinics, workshops and other events to find out more information including:

  • What issues the event covers.
  • What help you can get.
  • Eligibility requirements.
  • How to sign up.
  • Location, times and where to get more information.

Every event is different.  You may be able to talk with a lawyer, learn about legal issues or get help with filling out forms.  

Some offer general legal help.  Others help with certain legal problems like divorce, bankruptcy or housing. 

Most of the events listed are free.  


Updated:  March 25, 2019.

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