Eligibility

CLSMF provides free legal aid to eligible clients. Eligibility requirements are based on where you live and whether you meet certain guidelines (described below). Whether you file an online application, call our Helpline or visit one of our offices, your intake specialist will ask you questions to determine whether you are eligible to receive our services.

Residency

To receive legal aid from CLSMF, the issue that you would like addressed by an attorney must have occurred in one of the following counties:  Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter or Volusia. If your issue is not within our service area, click here to find a legal aid agency near you or download the Legal Aid and Legal Services Program Directory for the state of Florida.

Eligibility Guidelines

To obtain free assistance, you must be eligible for services by meeting guidelines based primarily on income, assets, and household size. Generally, you will be eligible if your income does not exceed 125% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. In some counties and in some cases, domestic violence and elderly clients may not be subject to the income guidelines. There are also different guidelines for residents of certain counties seeking assistance with mortgage foreclosure.

Please click here for instructions on completing the CLSMF’s online application for legal services.