Frequently Asked Questions
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE FROM HOFLA?
Heart of Florida Legal Aid provides legal services to financially eligible clients that are at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines and have limited assets. Please call our office to determine your eligibility.
WHAT TYPES OF CASES DOES HOFLA HANDLE?
Family Law, including divorce where there are minor children or financial matters involved; child support issues; and paternity and custody matters
Domestic Violence, including representation for survivors seeking an injunction for protection and other civil relief
Immigration Law, including relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U-Visas, T-Visas, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and other humanitarian forms immigration assistance
Please contact our Intake Department so we can determine if Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society is able to help you with your case. We will ask some basic information about you and your legal problem in order to determine if we can assist you.
For family law or immigration issues in Polk County, please call us at: (863) 519-5663 Ext 100.
For family law or immigration issues in Hardee and Highlands Counties, please call us at: (863) 402-6983.
How to Get Help
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There are no fees for our attorneys or staff to assist clients who meet our eligibility guidelines and case priorities.
WHAT TYPES OF CASES DOES HOFLA NOT HANDLE?
HOFLA can help by referring you to a partner program if you need assistance with a legal matter our staff does not handle. Examples of cases we refer out to other civil legal aid providers include:
Elder Law: Abuse and exploitation of the elderly, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, housing and consumer matters
Employment issues, including disputes over insurance, disability benefits, health care matters, housing and consumer relief
Housing Discrimination, such as discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin, handicap, familial status, sexual orientation, age, or marital status
This FAQ page was intended to help with questions we often receive regarding our services. For further assistance, please contact our office via telephone during regular business hours.