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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.

  • May 6, 2014, is Give Day Tampa Bay

    Bay Area Legal Services is one of many local nonprofits participating in the first ever Give Day Tampa Bay. Give Day Tampa Bay is a one-day online giving challenge led by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Florida Next Foundation to raise support for local nonprofits and grow philanthropy in our region. It is a community-wide event to show off Tampa Bay’s spirit of giving, raise awareness about local nonprofits, and celebrate the collective effort of our region.

    How does it work? On May 6, between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., donors log on to GiveDayTampaBay.org and make a donation (minimum donation is $25) to participating nonprofits such as Bay Area Legal Services. Nonprofits may be eligible for additional prizes and bonuses, based on such factors as the number and location of donors, the dollar value of donations received, and the times at which donations are received. Thank you in advance to all who support Bay Area Legal Services on Give Day Tampa Bay 2014!

  • April is Fair Housing Month

    “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. “Fair Housing is about giving people the opportunity to pursue their dreams, and whenever this opportunity is denied, not only do families lose, our entire nation loses.” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. To commemorate Fair Housing month, HUD funded the film, “A Matter of Place,” which documents three personal stories of housing discrimination. If you believe you may have experienced discrimination in housing or have a question about your Fair Housing rights, you may apply for assistance at BALS.

  • 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. The new program is funded by a grant from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. Click here for more information about the “Lawyers Helping Kids” program.

  • Free Tax Return Preparation Service for Tampa Bay Area Residents

    Do you need assistance preparing your tax return, but can’t afford to pay for help? You may qualify for free services from an IRS-certified volunteer through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). To find a VITA site near you:

    For Hillsborough County residents, Click here.

    For Pasco County residents, Click here.

    For Pinellas County residents, Click here.

  • 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.