Free Legal Aid in Fort Lauderdale
Last updated: September 27, 2013
When it comes to the law, unfortunately life isn’t always sunny in the Sunshine State, even in beautiful Broward County. The good news is that Ft. Lauderdale and other nearby cities have several organizations that provide free direct legal representation for citizens who are in financial need. So, whether you are struggling with foreclosure, immigration, health benefits, or other civil law matters, there’s a good chance that a legal services organization in the Ft. Lauderdale area that can help you.
Keep in mind that Broward County is only one of the counties that makes up the Miami Metropolitan Area. If the services you need are not available within Broward County, consider searching for legal services in the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County.
Direct Legal Representation and Legal Advice
Legal Aid Service of Broward County491 North State Road 7
Plantation, FL 33317
Tel: (954) 765-8950
L.A.S. offers representation, legal advice, and informational resources to clients with low incomes living in Broward County. Services typically address clients’ issues with children’s advocacy, foreclosure prevention, immigration, homelessness, H.I.V., and veterans’ rights. Visit the organization’s website for online brochures that provide more details on the organization’s services.
Ryan White H.I.V./A.I.D.S. Law Project
Hepburn Multipurpose Center
750 N.W. 8th Avenue, Hallandale
5840 Johnson Street, Hollywood
Carver Ranches Family Success Center
4733 N.W. 3rd Avenue, Pompano Beach
North Regional Family Success Center
2011 N.W. 3rd Avenue, Pompano Beach
Northwest Coral Springs Family Success Center
10077 NW 29th Street, Coral Springs
The Project is one of the more robust service projects provided by Legal Aid Service of Broward County. If you have H.I.V. or A.I.D.S. and have a household income below 300% of the federal poverty guideline, then you are eligible for free civil legal services. Participants may receive help with public benefits, discrimination, consumer debt, family law, and wills and trusts.
Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida491 North State Road 7 (2nd Floor)
Plantation, FL 33317
Tel: (954) 736-2400
C.C.L.A. offers representation, legal advice, and informational resources to clients with low incomes living in South Florida. Services typically address clients’ issues with senior citizens’ rights, family law, health law, and foreclosure prevention. Visit the organization’s website for online brochures that provide details on the organization’s services.
Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. (Broward Office) (H.O.P.E.) (Chase Bank Building)3201 Federal Hwy., Suite 303
Oakland Park, FL 33306
Tel: (954) 567-0545
H.O.P.E., Inc. fights housing discrimination with a mixture of services that includes counseling, litigation, and legal referrals. If you believe that you may have been a victim of discrimination, you can file a complaint from H.O.P.E.’s website.
Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc.P.O. Box 50187
Lighthouse Point, FL 33074
Tel: 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (954) 761-1133
Women in Distress, or “W.I.D.”, offers a full spectrum of domestic violence services. W.I.D. Advocates teach victims about their rights ad community resources. The organization does not provide direct representation, but does have a network of partners that may be able to assist you.
Other Assistance in Florida
Equality Florida (L.G.B.T. rights)P.O. Box 13184
St. Petersburg, FL 33733
Tel: (813) 870-3735
Equality Florida operates out of the St. Petersburg area. The organization does not provide direct representation. However, as one of Florida’s largest organizations dedicated to L.G.B.T. rights, it is a good starting place to seek more assistance.
A.C.L.U. of Florida4500 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 340
Miami, FL 33137
Tel: (786) 363-2700 | Fax: The A.C.L.U. has attorneys on staff and a network of volunteer attorneys that defend Floridians’ civil liberties. The organization handles a limited number of cases and tends to focus on: discrimination, police misconduct, privacy, and issues related to how the government treats its citizens. Visit the A.C.L.U. online to file a complaint and view other helpful resources.
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