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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.

  • 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.

  • Summer Meals for Kids in Need

    Thousands of students in Hillsborough County who qualify for free and reduced lunches during the school year may go without those meals during the summer months. A group of local organizations and individuals step into that gap during the summer to coordinate the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. Through this program, partner sites around the county provide free, nutritious meals to kids 18 and younger all summer long. Many sites provide both breakfast and lunch, and there are even several mobile units that visit 2-3 locations each during their daily routes. For more information on where the summer meal sites are and when they operate, you can visit www.summerfoodflorida.org, call 2-1-1, or text “FOODFL” to 877-877.

  • 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. about the "Lawyers Helping Kids" program.

  • 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.