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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.
  • More Than 100,000 Served Through BALS’ Legal Information Center

    On June 1st, the Legal Information Center reached a very significant milestone when BALS’ attorney Susan Miles Whitaker provided legal information to the 100,000th person to walk in for help. Since opening its doors in October 2000, the Center has provided free legal information about family law matters to area residents who are representing themselves in court. For more information about the Center, located in the George Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa, click here.

  • 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.

     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.