Are you eligible for free legal assistance? There are a number of qualifications that you, as well as your legal issue, must meet before we can assist you.

Basic Eligibility/Qualification Guidelines:

If you would like to receive free legal aid, you must be a resident of Lee County or be referred to the Lee County Legal Aid Society by another legal services program. You must also have a civil legal issue that falls under the discretion of the  Lee County Legal Aid Society. Learn more about the types of cases we handle here. Also, your household income must be at or below 125% of the poverty level as established by the federal government, or 200% of the poverty level provided the applicant has other extenuating circumstances.

If you meet the following guidelines, you may be eligible for free legal aid services from LCLAS:

  1. Must have been continuous resident of Florida for past six months (for dissolution and cases involving child custody).
  2. Must have a financial outcome, unless determined by the Attorneys and/or E.D. that the individual applicant needs assistance.
  3. Must not be residing with the opposing party.
  4. Must have current physical address for the opposing party (either residential or work address).
  5. If an applicant has been convicted of domestic violence battery, battery or assault, violent crimes, sexual abuse, child abuse or elder abuse they will not be eligible for services unless the E.D., after taking into consideration information from the applicant, determines otherwise.
  6. Priority in any given type of case is given to those situations involving a threat to the applicant’s life or the lives of their children.
  7. An applicant that has an open dependency or termination of parental rights will be provided an appointment to meet with an attorney, however, due to the Dependency court having jurisdiction over the child(ren), we advise them that until the dependency case is concluded we cannot assist them with the custody issues and to please contact us again once the Dependency court terminates jurisdiction.  However, Lee County Legal Aid Society staff attorneys may assist the applicant in a dissolution of marriage action to resolve the issues not relating to the child(ren).

Cases not meeting the guidelines listed above may still be considered eligible for complimentary legal aid if the applicant’s situation is critical.