Please contact our Intake Department to determine if Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society is able to help you with your case. We will require household financial information and a summary of your legal problem in order to determine eligibility.
For legal issues in Polk County or Hardee County, please call: (863) 519-5663 Ext 100.
For legal issues in Highlands County, please call: (863) 402-6983.
After a successful screening, potential clients will be asked to complete a full application before final determinations can be made.
HOFLA LAWYER LIFELINE
This fall, HOFLA launches the LAWYER LIFELINE, an advice hotline staffed by legal aid attorneys and pro bono volunteers to provide direct client access to attorneys! With support from a grant by the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation, HOFLA will bring traditional legal clinic access to a modern and convenient format. The goal of this new initiative is to extend HOFLA's reach and services while giving the community direct and speedy access to an attorney who can quickly provide basic legal advice and referrals. We look forward to the Lawyer Lifeline fostering a space to meet the legal needs of our community while providing our pro bono partners with a new way to conveniently volunteer their expertise.
Hours of Operation: The Lawyer Lifeline is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm.
To reach the lifeline, dial: (863) 270- HELP (4357).
Stay tuned to our social media pages and our website for additional updates!!
Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ page is intended to help with questions often received our services. For additional assistance, please contact our office via telephone during regular business hours.
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
Housing and Consumer issues, including landlord/tenant disputes, discrimination, foreclosure defense, and negotiations related to debt repayment
Legal issues arising or caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
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 IF I NEED HELP WITH A DIFFERENT MATTER?
HOFLA can help by referring you to a partner program if you need assistance with a legal matter our staff does not handle.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Justice policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write the Florida Department of Legal Affairs, Federal Discrimination Complaint Coordinator, PL-01 The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-1050, or call 850-414-3300, or write Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531 or call 202-307-0690 (Voice) or 202-307-2027 (TDD/TYY) or https://www.ojp.gov/program/civil-rights/filing-civil-rights-complaint. Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may also contact OCR through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (TTY), 877-877-8982 (Speech), or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).