Whatever the circumstances — a medical emergency, the loss of a job, or poor financial planning — a decision needs to be made about how to cope with debts and how to deal with collectors in this time of crisis. The Consumer Law attorneys and paralegals of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida work on behalf … Read More

Children & Education

The mission and tradition of the Children’s Rights Unit of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is to provide equal access and opportunity to all children in the State of Florida, especially those systemically discriminated against by virtue of disability, racial, ethnic, or socio-economic status.  To fulfill the mission of ending discrimination against Florida’s most vulnerable … Read More

Domestic Violence

Is your Computer Safe? If you are using your home computer, it is possible that it may be tracked by someone living in your house. You may want to consider using an internet café or public access computer, or call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800–500–1119 which is available 24 hours and 7 days a week. … Read More

Elder Advocacy

 CLSMF Elder Advocates assist seniors (individuals over the age of 60) who have been subjected to physical abuse, financial exploitation through the misuse of the elder’s money or property by another person, intimidation, sexual abuse, or is deprived by a caregiver of food or needed medication or necessary services for survival. CLSMF Elder Advocates also … Read More

Family Law

Attorneys at Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) provide legal advice and representation to victims of recent domestic violence who are involved in custody litigation or Dissolution of Marriage (divorce) cases. CLSMF also extends its services to those who have not yet become victims of domestic violence but who have a reasonable fear of becoming … Read More


Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida provides legal representation and advice to homeowners and renters on a wide range of legal issues including foreclosures, mortgage scams, landlord tenant disputes, subsidized housing, fair lending and fair housing, and more. By providing legal advice and assistance on these issues, CLSMF helps Central Florida’s families, veterans, seniors and other … Read More


Homeowners in Florida are in crisis because the Florida foreclosure rate is one of the highest in the nation. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is responding to this crisis by providing high-quality legal assistance and representation to homeowners faced with foreclosure. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida has set up a Foreclosure Hotline to help eligible … Read More

Fair Housing

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida’s Fair Housing Project promotes equal opportunity in housing for all persons through education, investigation and enforcement. “Fair Housing” refers to laws and regulations that make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of a protected class in housing.  This includes activities related to the rental, sale, lending and advertising of … Read More

Landlord/Tenant & Public Housing

Community Legal Services helps residents who are renting their homes or apartments stay in their homes when facing eviction, uninhabitable living conditions and other issues in both private and public (Section 8) housing. We do not assist with the return of security deposits but you can find out more information about this topic here. Public … Read More

Fair Housing Education and Outreach Initiative Program

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida’s Fair Housing Initiative Program is dedicated to eliminating discrimination through education and outreach. The education and outreach program will conduct Fair Housing workshops, Fair Lending workshops and Mortgage Rescue Scam workshops. This will educate residents, housing professionals and government officials on their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act and local Fair Housing … Read More

Public Benefits

CLSMF Public Benefits attorneys, paralegals and advocates help eligible residents of Central Florida access public benefits, including health care, cash assistance, food assistance and disability benefits. The Public Benefits Matters that CLSMF Handles Food Assistance Medicaid Medicare Reemployment assistance (unemployment compensation) Social Security Social Security Disability Services for the developmentally disabled (Florida iBudget) Supplemental Security … Read More


What is Medicaid? Medicaid was created by the federal government, but is administered by the state, to provide payment for medical services for low-income citizens. People qualify for Medicaid by meeting federal income and asset standards and by fitting into a specified eligibility. Medicaid began as a program to pay for health care for poor people … Read More

Affordable Care Act

On March 23, 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. While some provisions went into effect in 2010, most provisions were implemented in January of 2014. ACA aims to expand health care coverage of the uninsured, improve access to community based long term care, increase medical providers for low … Read More


Community Legal Services provides assistance and representation to eligible clients with issues regarding Medicaid and Medicare. Each case is analyzed on an individual basis and persons are encouraged to speak with an experienced advocate in order to assess their case. Contact our helpline to see if you qualify. What is Medicare? Medicare is the federal … Read More

Food Assistance – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Community Legal Services provides assistance and representation to eligible clients with issues regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Food Assistance Program ( SUNCAP). Each case should be analyzed on an individual basis and persons are encouraged to speak with an experienced advocate in order to assess a case. Contact our Helpline to see if you … Read More

Reemployment (Unemployment Compensation)

Community Legal Services provides assistance and representation to eligible clients who need legal advice and representation regarding unemployment issues. However, we are not able to take every case and we encourage you to read the information provided below. Reemployment Assistance Reemployment Assistance (formerly referred to as unemployment compensation) benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers … Read More

Social Security

Social Security provides economic security for millions of Americans – retirees, disabled persons, and families of retired, disabled or deceased workers. About 157 million Americans pay Social Security taxes and 56 million collected monthly benefits in 2012. About one household in four receives income from Social Security. Community Legal Services attorneys provide help to those who … Read More

Social Security Disability

Disability means diagnosed health problem(s) that prevents you from performing substantial gainful employment. You may qualify for disability benefits if: You cannot do any substantial kind of work because of diagnosed health problems, considering your age, education, and work experience. The health problems either will result in death or is expected to or have lasted … Read More

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Community Legal Services provides assistance and representation to eligible clients with cessations, reductions and over-payments of SSI benefits. Each case should be analyzed on an individual basis and persons are encouraged to speak with an experienced advocate in order to assess a case. Contact our Helpline to see if you qualify. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) … Read More

Tax Controversy Assistance

Have you received a notice from the IRS? We may be able to help . . .  Our Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) is designed to help low-income taxpayers with federal income tax controversies under $50,000. Although this program does not assist with tax preparation for the current tax year, we can help with a number of … Read More


The Veterans Advocacy Project Veterans find the civil legal help that they need at CLSMF where our trained attorneys represent them before the Veterans Administration, and help cut through the red tape so that they can get the benefits they need. Our attorneys  provide legal advice, counsel, referral, education, and representation to low-income veterans, free of … Read More