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Call Us at: 954-765-8950 | Open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

FAQ

Areas of Legal Service
1. What kind of cases does Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) handle?

Legal Aid Service of Broward County provides civil legal services to financially eligible clients in the following areas:

  • Children & Education
  • HIV/AIDS (Ryan White Project)
  • Homeless Legal Rights
  • Human Rights
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Low-Income Tax Payer
  • Veterans Rights
  • Victims of Crime (VOCA)
  • Consumer Rights
  • Community Development
  • Education, Training and Support Services
2. What is the difference between civil and criminal legal services?

Civil legal service organizations, like Legal Aid Service of Broward County, represent people in cases related to private rights and civil disputes, such as housing, consumer, family, and entitlement to public benefits. On the other hand, criminal legal service organizations (public defenders) represent people in cases that relate to crimes, such as theft.

3. How does Legal Aid determine if I am eligible for services?

Although there is no fee for any of Legal Aid’s services, you must qualify financially for many programs. Financial eligibility is based upon the income and assets of individuals in your household and can vary depending on the area of legal assistance. In many cases, the income of your household cannot exceed 125% of the federal poverty level, although we make allowances for certain expenses, such as child care. In reviewing your assets, we do not generally count your home or automobile. Legal aid intake workers will assist you in completing an application and determine your eligibility for services. If you are 60 years of age or older, there are no financial eligibility guidelines for our services. Eligibility for services is based upon other criteria, including whether your legal problem falls within our priority areas.

4. Is there a fee for obtaining legal services from Legal Aid?

There is no charge for the legal services rendered at Legal Aid Service of Broward County, however you must meet certain qualifications for our services, financially or otherwise. You may also be  required to pay certain fees assessed by the Clerk/Court.

5. Do you handle child support enforcement cases?

Generally, we do not handle child support enforcement cases. Please contact the County Child Support Enforcement Office for assistance.

6. What materials should I bring with me to Legal Aid?

Please call or review the information listed on this website under the particular area you need legal advice to determine what documents you need to bring with you when you come into the office.

7. Are there other options for me if a Legal Aid attorney cannot represent me?

Yes. Legal Aid has a Pro Bono Project, Broward Lawyers Care, where private lawyers in the community volunteer to accept cases within our scope of service. Referrals are made through Legal Aid and applicants must meet the same financial requirements as for Legal Aid’s in-house services.

If you are over-income, you may call the Broward County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at 954-764-8310 to get referred to an attorney practicing in the area of law you need. This initial half hour consultation is $50. For more information visit Broward County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service. (www.browardbar.org/lawyerreferral-and-information-service/)

8. How is Legal Aid Service of Broward County funded?

Legal Aid Service of Broward County is funded by federal, state and county grants, as well as generous donations from a number of charitable organizations and private individuals. Funders include, but are not limited to:

  • Board of County Commissioners of Broward County
  • Broward County Human Services Division
  • Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency C.A.R.E. – Title I
  • Broward County Children’s Administration Division
  • Children’s Service Council of Broward County
  • The Florida Bar Foundation
  • The Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • United States Federal Government – Internal Revenue Service
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