Our staff will try to answer your call immediately. If everyone on the advice line is busy, someone will call you back. Please have a callback number handy when you call. You will be asked a few questions (our admissions process) before you can speak to a lawyer. Our advice lines can only help people with income and wealth within the framework of certain guidelines. You will be asked about your total income and assets. We also ask other personal questions such as address, telephone number, marital status, age and place of residence. All information is protected by attorney/client confidentiality and will not be shared or sold. Next, the advice line staff will ask you to describe your problem or question in detail. They may ask you questions to better understand your situation. Our staff will decide the best way to help you.
Depending on your individual situation, you can expect: You can also request legal assistance via our chat function and online app on our website. Please note: Bay Area Legal Aid assists people with civil law problems. We do not offer assistance in criminal matters. If you need help with a criminal case, contact the public defender`s office or bar association in your area. Income, family size and special financial needs are taken into account in determining whether a person is eligible for legal aid. Legal services are free for eligible low-income individuals, but clients are required to pay court fees where possible. Find out if you are entitled to free legal assistance. Main legal advice line. If you are a senior (60 years of age or older) and need help with a civil law issue, if you have a question that you think a lawyer should answer, or if you have been sued and don`t know where to turn, call our Primary Legal Advice Line. The hotline has become popular with clients and volunteer lawyers.
In fact, five local legal entities recruit volunteers from their organizations to handle advisory calls four weeks a month. The first on board the hotline train was the Florida Attorney General`s Office through Mr. Catherine Lannon. Next, Patrick Hurley and Lewis Shelley`s team from the Tallahassee City Attorney`s Office arranged for the participation of its legal staff. Tallahassee lawyers have also embraced the project as part of their pro bono activities. The fourth week was adopted in June 2000 by a Department of Transportation legal department headed by Bruce Conroy. Then a group of lawyers from the Department of Community Affairs` Office of the General Counsel signed up to help. More recently, lawyers from the Department of Environmental Protection agreed to replace the vacancy left by Tallahassee lawyers.
We recommend that you call our helpline as soon as possible if a legal problem arises and as often as necessary. Due to our high number of appellants, there may be longer wait times to speak to a lawyer. Our phone system offers a reminder feature that can record your place in the queue and prevent you from being on hold while waiting to speak to a lawyer. For business inquiries, you can call (407) 841-7777. This number is not intended for persons seeking legal assistance. Housing Legal Advice Line. If you`re a tenant and need help with a legal issue related to your apartment (such as evictions, repairs, deposits, or housing discrimination), or if you`re a landlord who needs help preventing foreclosures, you have a question you think a lawyer should answer. or you`ve been sued and don`t know. Who to turn to, Call our housing advice line. Call if you are not distracted.
You`ll get the most out of the call when the TV is off and the kids are safe elsewhere so you can focus. Allow plenty of time. The advice line staff will give you as much time as possible. If possible, avoid calling from a mobile phone. If you are truncated, you may need to answer the same questions again. Do not take another call or ask the advice hotline staff to keep it. Staff are limited and there are many people who need help. Please be polite with staff time.
Keep your documents in front of you. The staff of our advice line cannot provide you with sound advice without complete and correct information. Keep a pen and paper handy when you call. The staff at the counselling hotline can give you instructions over the phone. Feel free to ask questions and repeat instructions on what to do later. Follow the instructions. Employees on the advice line can explain how to do something. If you do not follow the instructions, it is unlikely that you will get the desired result.
You may not get the desired result. Sometimes the counsel at the Advice Line may tell you that there is no legal solution to your problem or that your case is too weak to move forward. Please be understanding and respectful. In 1998, LSNF began to set up a legal helpline. Within a year, LSNF began serving the Tallahassee and Quincy offices (Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Leon, Monticello and Wakulla County). Most recently, LSNF expanded the helpline to include customer support at our Panama City office (for residents of Bay, Gulf, Holmes, Washington). This program provides LSNF with immediate advice in a variety of areas of law, including landlords/tenants, consumers and family law. Following the conference call, clients may receive letters confirming the advice given, as well as written documents relating to their particular legal issue.
There are also many free legal services available online, but we highly recommend taking all online advice with a grain of salt. The law varies from state to state, and those who provide legal advice often have different opinions and may not even be allowed to enforce the law. Here are some of the most popular websites: *Please note that we cannot accept requests for legal assistance through our Facebook page. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida`s (CLSMF) HELPline is a telephone, short-term, pro-se, and referral counselling system for low-income, seniors, and other vulnerable individuals with civil law issues in Central Florida. Lawyers who answer helpline calls provide immediate brief legal services and/or referrals to eligible clients. Get help through the Legal Advice Line, a free legal help line available to qualified low-income residents in the Bay Area. The Legal Advice Line provides advice in all languages on a range of civil law matters. Lawyers can provide legal advice to a caller, schedule appropriate clients for an appointment at a neighborhood office, or give the caller a helpful referral to other social organizations if necessary. Domestic Violence Legal Advice Line.
If you are a survivor of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, and you need help with a legal problem, such as: When you get a protection order or divorce, you have a question you think a lawyer should answer, or you just don`t know where to turn. Call our domestic violence legal advice line. We have found that people are often afraid of lawyers and what they charge for their services. There is a misconception about how much you have to pay for legal services from a law firm. In fact, there is so much misinformation that most people don`t realize that in many cases it is possible to get free and inexpensive legal aid. This information has been created to give you general information about the law. It is not legal advice on a particular issue. If you have any questions about the law, you should consult a lawyer.
If you don`t know a lawyer, you can call the South Carolina Bar Lawyer Referral Service weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The number is 799-7100 in Richland or Lexington counties and 1-800-868-2284 in other parts of the state. Through the Legal Hotline, all clients in designated service areas are screened for suitability, conflict checks are conducted, and admission is conducted by telephone. If deemed appropriate and depending on the nature of the problem, the client is invited to be on the phone where a pro bono lawyer can provide legal advice between 2pm and 5pm. Monday to Thursday (except public holidays). The Legal Advice Line responds to more than 1,500 calls each month. LAL incoming call hours may close before the advertised time due to high demand. If you are applying for legal aid, you may have to wait more than fifteen minutes for your call to be answered. Please be patient; Our lawyers work hard to answer every call we receive. When the LAL is open, you can request a callback if you don`t want to wait until a lawyer is available to answer your call.
Calls are answered and recalled in the order in which they are received, so you don`t lose your place in the queue when you choose the callback option. We will call you back before the end of the same working day. Recalls come from a blocked number in the interest of customer safety. Be aware of this and make sure your phone accepts blocked calls. As we can close earlier due to the high volume of calls, it is best to call directly when we open at 9:30. You must have a civil law problem. Our advice lines cannot help you with criminal problems, including speeding tickets. The following are examples of civil law issues.
If you`re not sure, call anyway. Don`t wait to call. Many legal problems are exacerbated when people delay help.