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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 19,000 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.

    News and Events

    Read about recent and upcoming events, activities, and honors.
  • Local Attorneys Pledge to “Give Help” in Family Law cases

    On April 10th more than 30 members of the Hillsborough County Bar Association received a free family law training in exchange for their pledge to take a family law case on a pro bono basis. The training was an initiative of the 13th Judicial Circuit’s Pro Bono Committee, and included the participation of their members, several Family Law Division judges, and BALS’ staff in the planning and presentation. Attendees received six CLE credits for their participation. BALS would like to thank Rosemary Armstrong and Sandy Weinberg, the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, Rande Friedman, and Cortes Hodz Family Law and Mediation, P.A., for their support and sponsorship of this training, as well as all Planning Committee members and presenters for their work.

  • Pro Bono Legal Services Clinic for Nonprofits

    Free legal assistance will be available for eligible nonprofits serving the low income community on April 28th, 2015. For more information, click here.

  • April is Fair Housing Month – Join us for Tampa’s Fair Housing Symposium!

    “Fair Housing is Your Right” to the housing of your choice, and cannot be limited by race, color, sex, national origin, religion, familial status, or disability. On Friday, April 17th, the Tampa Bay Fair Housing Consortium will hold its 12th Annual Fair Housing Symposium from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS® auditorium, located at 2918 W. Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa. The event is open to the general public, and presenters will share information useful for housing providers, attorneys, government officials, apartment managers, homebuyers and renters. Early bird registration will be $20 until April 7th (cost includes lunch). Click here for more details.

  • Hillsborough County Opens New Domestic Partner and Advanced-Directives Registry

    Hillsborough residents can now designate a support person or domestic partner to make significant decisions, including hospital or jail visitation, healthcare, and childcare. The registry is administered by the Hillsborough County Clerk of Court office. For more information, including how to register, click here.

  • Florida Veterans Support Line

    The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has launched a helpline for veterans living in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, and Polk counties, who are transitioning to life after the military. Their new Florida Veterans Support Line, 1-844-MYFLVET (693-5838) is a free service for veterans to speak with other veterans about their problems and where they can get support. Click here for an ABC Action News story highlighting the program, and information about what veterans can expect when they call.

  • 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.

  • 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.


    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.