Last updated: November 7, 2013
If you’re from Gainesville, you know that life can be pretty great there -- that is, until you run into a legal problem that you can’t solve on your own. If you have a legal issue in Gainesville and can’t afford to hire an attorney, this resource page is for you. Below is a list of legal aid organizations that offer legal services to eligible clients for free or for an affordable fee. You will find the name of the organization, a link to its website, contact information, and a brief description of the services offered there. This should get you started on your search for affordable legal help.
Three Rivers Legal Services is a non-profit organization that offers free legal services to income eligible clients in 17 counties in North Florida. Lucky for Gainesville residents, its main office is located in Gainesville. Practice areas they assist with include: foreclosure law, consumer law, domestic violence, education, elder law, employment law, family law, public benefits, housing, small claims, homeless advocacy, and tax law for low-income taxpayers.
Southern Legal Counsel represents low-income residents of Florida through grants from the Florida Bar Foundation. The organization also takes a few civil rights cases, regardless of the client’s income, if the case is likely to help the public interest in the long run. Practice areas include: civil rights, child advocacy, disability rights, employment discrimination, homeless advocacy, housing rights, and immigrants’ rights.
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is located in nearby Ocala. A legal aid organization serving low-income individuals, the non-profit offers legal help in a myriad of practice areas, including consumer law, children and education law, domestic violence, elder advocacy, family law, housing (including fair housing and landlord/tenant law), foreclosure, and help with many public benefits programs.
Florida Institutional Legal Services provides legal services to people who are incarcerated or institutionalized in the state of Florida. This includes prisoners in the state system, jail inmates, detained juveniles, and individuals who have been civilly detained or committed.
Or Apply Online
The Florida Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service is a way for people who need a Florida-licensed attorney to obtain a referral they can trust from the bar association. For a low fee (usually $25), a person can apply for a referral and arrange an initial 30-minute consultation with a licensed attorney who is familiar with the individual’s legal issue. Applicants may call the phone number above or apply online.