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UPDATED July 2, 2010

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WomensLaw regrets that these resources have not been updated recently.  However, please note that the legal content on the Know the Laws section is updated annually and the rest of the website is also updated regularly.  Included in this list are organizations that provide free or low-cost legal services to victims of abuse and others who qualify.  Even if the organization does not have a lawyer available to represent you in court, you may want to ask if there is a lawyer who you can consult with to get advice.  Please note that we list the organizations by the town/city or county where the office is located – however, many offices may likely serve multiple counties.   We indicate the “counties served” whenever possible.  You can click the blue “View All” button to look through the complete list of organizations.




Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. Palatka Office
216 S. 6th Street
Palatka, FL 32177
Hotline: (386) 328-8072
Phone: (866) 886-1799
Phone: (386) 328-8598/8072/4902

Panama City

Legal Services of North Florida, Inc.
211 E. 11th St.
Panama City, FL 32401-2938
Phone: (850) 769-3581
Web: http://www.lsnf.org
Serving Bay, Gulf, Washington & Holmes Counties


Legal Services of North Florida, Inc.
118 South Baylen Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
Phone: (850) 432-8222
Web: http://www.lsnf.org
Serving Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties

Northwest Florida Legal Services, Inc.
701 South J Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
Phone: (850) 432-2336
Web: http://www.nwfls.org/
Serves Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

Plant City

Bay Area Legal Services
701 Tillman Place
Ste. 300
Plant City, FL 33566-7169
Hotline: see phone numbers in description, below
Phone: 813.752.1335
Fax: 813.754.6373
Web: http://www.bals.org
Email: bals-info@bals.org
Bay Area Legal Services provides free civil legal help to eligible residents of our five-county service area (Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties). They generally assist only applicants who have limited income and assets, and who are permanent legal residents of the United States. However, eligibility exceptions may apply to seniors, domestic violence victims, and certain other qualified applicants. They provide free interpreters for applicants and clients who do not speak English or have a hearing impairment. BALS schedules all applicants through our Legal Aid Line at 813.232.1343 (Hillsborough County residents) or 1.800.625.2257 (Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties), except those applying for help with filing a domestic violence injunction (click here for information on applying for an injunction: https://www.bals.org/get-help/66)


Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc.
491 N. State Road 7
Plantation, FL 33317
Phone: (954) 765-8950
Web: http://www.legalaid.org

Punta Gorda

Charlotte County Justice Center
350 E. Marion Avenue
P.O. Box 511687
Punta Gorda, FL 33951-1687
Phone: Domestic Violence (941) 637-2162 or 2264
Phone: (941) 505-4751
Fax: (941) 639-3111

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