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Welcome to Bay Area Legal Services

We believe that access to justice is fundamental to strong, safe communities. Our lawyers, paralegals, and support staff are dedicated to providing free civil legal services to qualified and low-income residents and nonprofits throughout the Tampa Bay area. Last year, we helped and educated more than 25,000 individuals, families, and community groups.

If you need legal assistance, please use this site to learn about our services. Then, take the first step and call us today. If you are interested in volunteering your time or making a donation to help us accomplish our mission, this site is your guide.

At Bay Area Legal Services, we are here for one reason: To help.

  • The Spring Opens New Outreach Center in Tampa

    The Spring of Tampa Bay recently opened its new Outreach Services Center at 211 N. Willow Avenue in Tampa. Advocates at the Center will assist victims and survivors of domestic violence by providing safety planning, support groups, referrals for support services, and supportive and educational counseling and advocacy. In addition, BALS staff, located at the Center, will provide assistance with injunctions for protection and family law matters. For more information about the Center and its services, contact The Spring at 813.247.5433.

  • Legal Help for Taxpayers Now Available in Pasco County

    BALS' Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic in Hillsborough County has expanded its services to Pasco County residents. BALS receives funding from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent unit within the IRS, to provide access to legal representation, education, and advocacy on behalf of low-income taxpayers and taxpayers who speak English as a second language. Eligible residents of Hillsborough and Pasco counties can receive tax assistance through the Clinic. Click here for more information.

  • Free Wireless Phones for the Hearing Impaired

    Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. provides free amplified wireless phones to Florida residents who have been certified as having a hearing loss or speech impairment. Call 1.800.222.3448 or go to www.ftri.org for more information.

  • BALS Offers New "Lawyers Helping Kids" Program

    BALS has expanded legal services to qualifying families or individuals with children age 8 or younger, or those expecting a child, through its "Lawyers Helping Kids" program. This innovative program is funded by a grant from the Children's Board of Hillsborough County. Click here for more information.

  • Property Tax Payments for Pasco County Low-Income Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

    If you are aged 62 or older, or designated as disabled by the Social Security Administration or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, you may qualify for up to $5,000 assistance in paying taxes on your homestead property. Click here for a Press Release about Pasco County’s Tax Payment Program.

  • Foreclosure Assistance for Hillsborough and Pasco County Residents

    If you are a resident of Hillsborough or Pasco Counties, please call the Legal Aid Line at 813.232.1343 (Hillsborough) or 1.800.625.2257 (Pasco) to be screened for an appointment to speak with an attorney about the legal options available to you through our foreclosure project. To learn more about the project, click here for a story on ABC Action News - WFTS/TV.

  • Our Sustaining Law Firm Campaign is going strong!

    Thank you to all of the attorneys and firms who have supported us. Click here to see our Sustaining Law Firms.

  • ATTENTION ONLINE SHOPPERS!

    Bay Area Legal Services has recently joined AmazonSmile as a recipient charity. Choose Bay Area Legal Services as your charity and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the eligible purchase price to Bay Area.

    Click here for more information about the AmazonSmile/BALS donation program.