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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.
  • Free Business Law Advice Clinic for Nonprofits

    The Judge Don Castor Community Law Center will hold a legal advice clinic for nonprofits on August 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Tampa. Participating nonprofits can consult with a volunteer attorney about a variety of transactional legal issues. For more info and to register for the clinic, click here.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Your donations make a significant impact on our community.  Last year we exceeded all benchmark standards for charitable accountability.  Visit our facts and figures page to see how your donations are being spent wisely.