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What Is FloridaLawHelp.org?

FloridaLawHelp.org provides information about organizations that provide free legal help to low and moderate income Floridians.

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Zip code, county or city

Enter the zip code, county or city of the person who needs help. It is better to enter the zip code because many groups do not serve all of a certain county. If you search by county, check the full description of each organization for the specific zip codes it serves.

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Type 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

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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.

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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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