Free Legal Aid in Fort Myers

Last updated: December 16, 2013

Do you have a legal question in Fort Myers, but can’t afford to hire a lawyer? With legal fees on the rise, you aren’t alone. Don’t worry, FindLaw has compiled a list of free or low-cost legal service options for residents of Fort Myers.

The main provider is Florida Rural Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm offering free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors. There may be income limits that apply for you to qualify for free/low-cost help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you in “The City of Palms.”

General Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Florida

    4500 Biscayne Boulevard
    Suite 340

    Miami
    , FL 33137

    Tel: (786) 363-2700

    Areas of Law: Discrimination, Election and Voting, Freedom Speech, Freedom of Religion, Immigration Rights, LGBT Rights, Privacy, Police Practices, Jail and Prison Conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.

    Good to Know: The ACLU does not usually assist in the following types of cases: criminal defense or post-conviction appeals, divorce or child custody disputes, property disputes, tax problems, workers compensation issues, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges. To apply, fill out the intake form.

  • Florida Rural Legal Services - Fort Myers Office

    3210 Cleveland Avenue
    P.O. Box 219

    Fort Myers
    , FL 33902

    Tel: (239) 334-4554

    Areas of Law: Civil Elder, Housing, Labor and Employment, Education, Civil Rights, Public Benefits, and Family Law Services.

    Good to Know: This office provides free civil legal services to those who qualify. They help clients from Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, Desoto and Hardee counties.

Disability Law

  • Disability Rights of Florida

    2728 Centerview Drive
    Suite 102

    Tallahassee
    , FL 32301

    Tel: (800) 342-0823

    Areas of Law: Disability, Abuse, Neglect, Benefits Assistance, and Employment, Access to Public Accommodations, Special Education, Negotiation, and Mediation.

    Good to Know: This is a statewide program providing legal representation to those with mental and physical disabilities throughout Florida. Your legal issue must directly relate from your disability.

Elder Law

  • Senior Legal Helpline

    Department of Elder Affairs
    Tel: (888) 895-7873

    Area of Law: Civil

    Good to Know: Volunteer attorneys are available to answer basic legal questions via phone free of charge for Florida residents age 60 and over. Calls are strictly confidential. Call to learn specific dates and times.

Family Law

  • Lee County Legal Aid Society

    2211 Widman Way
    Suite 600

    Fort Myers
    , FL 33901

    Tel: (239) 334-6118

    Area of Law: Family Law

    Good to Know: Lee County Legal Aid provides family law services to qualifying low-income residents. They primarily handle Divorce, Dependency, Custody, Paternity, and Stepparent adoptions. Call to learn about intake procedures.

Immigration Law

  • Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center

    1402 W. New Market Road
    Suite B

    Immokalee
    , FL 34142

    Tel: (239) 657-7442

    Area of Law: Immigration

    Good to Know: This organization helps immigrants from the following counties: Collier, Hendry, Hardee, Glades, Lee, Charlotte, Desoto, Highlands, Sarasota, and Manatee. Call to learn more.

  • Migrant Services - Fort Myers Office

    3210 Cleveland Avenue
    P.O. Box 219

    Fort Myers
    , FL 33902

    Tel: (239) 334-4554

    Areas of Law: Immigration, Public Benefits, Employment, Housing

    Good to Know: FRLS provides services to farm workers in the areas of wages, worker protections, workers compensation, pesticide problems, housing, human trafficking, unemployment benefits and food stamps. Staff members are fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole.

  • Immigration Services of Catholic Charities, Fort Myers

    5597 Sunrise Drive
    Fort Myers
    , FL 33919

    Tel: (239) 334-2234

    Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Immigration, and Naturalization

    Good to Know: They provide free legal consultation service for low-income immigrants and their families. Call to learn more.