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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.

  • Funding for BALS’ SafeNet Program Renewed

    BALS received a three-year grant from the U.S. Office on Violence Against Women to continue our successful SafeNet collaboration with The Spring of Tampa Bay and Sunrise of Pasco. This funding will allow BALS to enhance the safety and economic security of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence in Hillsborough and East Pasco counties, by providing them with comprehensive legal services and victim advocacy. Thank you to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor for her strong support!  For the press release from Rep. Castor’s office, click here.

  • 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.

  • 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.