Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of free legal help is available?
- Discrimination (No contingency fee cases)
- Employment Issues
- Landlord/Tenant Issues
- Money Disputes Over Purchases
- Property Disputes
- Family Law Issues: Adoption, Child Custody/Visitation, Child Support Modification, Divorce, Guardianship, Paternity
How do I qualify for free legal help?
Clients must meet income qualifications, currently 125% of the federal poverty level or less, and be a Second Circuit resident with a Leon County case.
Does the Legal Aid Foundation handle criminal cases?
No, we do not. If you are charged with a criminal offense and cannot afford an attorney you should request a public defender when you first appear before a judge.
Do you handle child support enforcement cases?
Generally, we do not handle child support enforcement cases. Contact the Department of Revenue for child support enforcement at 800.622.5437
Do you give legal advice over the phone?
No. Due to the constraints of law, and as we have a process by which you must qualify financially for our services, the Legal Aid Foundation is unable to give phone consultations.
Is there a fee for obtaining legal services from the Legal Aid Foundation?
There is no fee for the legal assistance you receive through the Legal Aid Foundation Pro Bono Program. However, should there be any filing fees associated with your particular case, you may be responsible for such fees.
The Pro Se Program offers low-cost assistance with legal forms, if a client is willing to represent him/herself in a family law case.
Are there other options for me if Legal Aid cannot represent me in my case?
Yes. You may certainly contact our office and we will do our best to refer you to another agency or entity that can assist you.
How is the Legal Aid Foundation funded?
The Legal Aid Foundation is a private non-profit organization funded by the Florida Bar Foundation, Leon County Board of County Commissioners, United Way of the Big Bend, City of Tallahassee and private contributions. All contributions are tax deductible. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1.800.435.7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation of the State.
How do I get to your office?
Our office is located in the Leon County Courthouse, 301 S. Monroe Street, Suite #108, Tallahassee, FL 32301. We are just inside the Monroe Street entrance, past the bailiffs’ station.
Where can I park, and do you validate parking?
Metered parking is limited, but there is a public parking deck nearby. The Foundation does not validate parking.