WHAT JALA CAN DO FOR YOU

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. (JALA) is a non-profit law firm dedicated to providing free civil legal assistance to
qualified low-income and special-needs individuals and groups who could not otherwise afford them.

We are not a Federal, State, County or City agency. Under Florida law, there is no right to an attorney in a civil case, and legal aid lawyers and staff are often the only place many of our veterans and active duty military, elderly and at-risk citizens can turn to for help in wrongful foreclosures, evictions, debt collection and abuse cases.

JALA receives zero dollars from the State of Florida. Although roughly half the State’s population qualifies for civil legal aid based on income guidelines, and our economy is heavily dependent on low-income workers in our tourism and service industries, Florida is now one of only three states in the country that provide zero state funding support for legal services.

JALA receives zero general funding from the City of Jacksonville. The City of Jacksonville’s lack of support makes it the only large city in the state that does not support legal services. This, despite the fact that roughly 48% of the City’s residents qualify for civil legal aid.

If you need legal assistance, please use this site to learn about our services. Then, take the first step and call us today.
If you are interested in volunteering your time or making a donation to help us accomplish our mission, this site is your guide.

Funding Partners

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid is supported by federal grants, philanthropic foundations and local businesses, law firms and individuals.

Even though 88% of the funding goes directly to programs assisting the poor and vulnerable in our communities, a lack of resources forces us to turn away approximately 80% of those that need help. Please consider donating to Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Clay County Legal Aid or St. Johns County Legal Aid.

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Serving Florida Residents in 17 Counties

Serving residents of Alachua • Baker • Bradford • Columbia • Clay • Dixie • Duval • Gilchrist • Hamilton •
Lafayette • Levy • Madison • Nassau • St. Johns • Suwannee • Taylor • Union