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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 18,500 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.
  • Stand Down for Veterans - Pasco County

    From September 29 - October 1, 2016, “One Community Now” will be sponsoring a Stand Down event for homeless veterans at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson (14333 Hicks Road). BALS attorneys will staff a booth and provide assistance at the 3-day event on Friday, September 30th. “One Community Now” helps local homeless veterans connect to resources and services, and will provide them with hot meals for three days, showers and clothes, access to Pasco County court services, medical and mental health services, housing vouchers, employment counseling, and much more. Over the past three years, more than 500 veterans and their family members have received assistance at this event. For more information and to register if you are a veteran, please click here to visit the “One Community Now” website.

  • Free Nonprofit Business Law Advice Clinic on October 6th

    The Judge Don Castor Community Law Center will offer a free Nonprofit Business Law Advice Clinic on October 6th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in downtown Tampa. Nonprofits from Hillsborough, North Pinellas, and Pasco counties can meet with a volunteer attorney to discuss transactional legal matters or receive a "nonprofit checkup." To apply for the Clinic, click here.

  • 2016 Clearwater Bar Legal Fair

    Bay Area Legal Services has partnered with the Clearwater Bar Association and other community agencies to host the Second Annual Clearwater Bar Legal Fair. The Legal Fair will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Petersburg College, 2465 Drew Street. Clearwater in the ES Building, and is available to all those interested who live in Pinellas and surrounding counties. Those who attend will have an opportunity to receive free legal assistance and possible forms assistance, depending on the area of law. Attendee registration (via Legal Fair website) is available, but not required. Volunteer attorneys are also needed. For more information, click here.

  • Free Bankruptcy Seminar for Volunteer Attorneys

    The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association is hosting a "Bankruptcy for Beginners" seminar on Thursday, October 20th, from 9 am to 4:30 pm, at the Chester Ferguson Law Center. The CLE seminar is free for any attorney willing to take a pro bono bankruptcy case or participate in a TBBBA bankruptcy clinic. For more info about the seminar, click here.

  • iLawyer

    NEW Pro Bono Project for Attorneys! Provide legal advice and brief services to clients via Skype from the comfort of your own home or office one evening a month from 5pm to 7pm. This project is ideal for attorneys looking for after hours volunteer opportunities that require no travel and little to no follow up. To volunteer or for more information please e-mail or call iLawyer Project Manager Linda Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Expanded Pro Bono Opportunities and Services in N. Pinellas and Pasco Counties

    The Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program-Northwest (BAVLP-NW) has partnered with several bar associations, including the Clearwater Bar Association, to increase pro bono opportunities and free legal services for low-income residents in the Pinellas-Pasco region. For more information about this successful collaboration, click here to read BALS’ attorney Nery Alonso’s article in the Clearwater Bar's bi-monthly publication Res Ipsa Loquitor.

  • Tampa Bay Times Recognizes Bay Area Legal Services' "Culture of Empathy"

    For the third consecutive year, the Tampa Bay Times selected BALS as one of Tampa Bay's Top Workplaces in 2016 in its small business category. Click here to read why.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     
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