To get free legal aid in Florida, residents must visit a nearby legal aid office to determine if they qualify for free services, according to The Florida Bar. Several legal aid societies and associations in Florida offer free legal services for people who can’t afford an attorney on their own. Some agencies also offer low-cost legal services.
Eligibility for free legal services in Florida is based on income, family size and property ownership, states the Florida Bar. Some legal service agencies base eligibility more on income, while others consider family size more strongly. Legal aid agencies don’t provide aid for criminal cases because the state provides court-appointed public defenders free of charge in those cases. Some areas of law that legal aid agencies serve include civil, consumer, education, foreclosure, immigration, family law and landlord and tenant issues. Legal aid also handles divorce, domestic violence, health welfare, senior benefits, public benefits and Social Security cases.
There are legal aid offices in many cities and counties throughout Florida, according to FloridaLawHelp.org. The website offers a full directory of Florida legal aid services. Some cities with legal aid offices include Miami, Tampa, South Winauma, Dade City, New Port Richey, Plant City and St. Petersburg.