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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.