Last updated: November 15, 2013
Do you have a legal issue in Jacksonville, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are many free or low-cost legal service options for Duval County residents. One of the main providers is Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, a nonprofit legal aid organization providing 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 should you need legal advice in Jax.
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. Requests for legal assistance can be submitted online.
Areas of Law: Community Development, Consumer, Education, Family, Elder, Employment, Fair Housing, Health, HIV/AIDS, Public Benefits, Mental Health issues, and Immigration.
Good to Know: This office only serves Duval and Nassau Counties. Services are by appointment only. They offer advice/legal counsel, brief services, self-help clinics, community legal education, and referrals, as well as full representation in administrative hearings and county, state, and federal courts. Applicants must qualify for services under financial guidelines. These guidelines are based on household size, income and assets. Most families who receive government benefits or who have minimum wage jobs are eligible for services. Some services are not income sensitive such as senior legal services, HIV/AIDS advocacy, and housing issues.
Area of Law: Civil
Good to Know: This agency offers free civil legal services to low-income, eligible clients in seventeen counties throughout North Florida. Eligibility is based on household income, size, assets and case type.
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 Miami. Your legal issue must directly relate from your disability.
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.
Areas of Law: Family, Child Support, Child Custody, Divorce
Good to Know: This agency provides assistance to residents of Clay, Duval, and Nassau with dissolution of marriage cases and modification of final judgment/Orders actions. Call to learn specific dates and times.
Areas of Law: Immigration, Human Trafficking.
Good to Know: This agency provides immigration services to persons in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, Saint Johns Counties.
Area of Law: Immigration Issues for Detainees
Good to Know: This agency provides immigration services exclusively to persons detained at the Baker County Sheriff Department. Call to learn more.
Areas of Law: Disability, Immigration, Criminal, Family
Good to Know: The Law School only accepts new cases during certain times of the year. Call to learn more.