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: Find a lawyer.
Legal aid organizations do not handle: Criminal, traffic or personal injury cases.
Legal Aid Organization(s)
Lawyer Referral Service
Public Defender's Office
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)
Lawyer to lawyer
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)
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:
Call 1-800-342-8011, on Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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.
If you have been charged with a crime and can't afford a lawyer, a judge can appoint a lawyer to represent you.
meet income requirements,
Search for legal clinics, workshops and other events to find out more information including:
What issues the event covers.
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.