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FAQs

What is the Legal Information Center?

The Legal Information Center is a program to provide information to people who are representing themselves in family law cases in Hillsborough County.  Family law cases include divorce & equitable distribution, paternity, timesharing, parental responsibility, custody, child support, alimony, adoption, name change cases, and domestic violence civil injunctions, but NOT cases like guardianship, probate, foreclosures, criminal, or any appeals.  We cannot assist you with any cases that are not Family Law or any out of county or out of state cases.  An attorney is available during walk-in hours to give information about Family Law forms and procedures.

Who qualifies for the Legal Information Center?

Anyone who is not represented by an attorney and who is or will be a party in a family law case in Hillsborough County.

What types of cases are not covered by the Legal Information Center?

Any cases that are not Hillsborough County family law cases (for example:  criminal, traffic, expungement, guardianship, trusts, probate, real property, foreclosures, landlord/tenant, civil suits, vehicle titles, appeals, bankruptcy, Federal cases, out of county or out of state cases).

When is the Legal Information Center open?

The Legal Information Center hours change each day.  Call 813-864-2280 (option #1) to listen to a recording that gives information and daily walk-in hours.

How much does this cost?

The services of the Legal Information Center are provided free of charge.

Where is the Legal Information Center located?

Room 203 of the Edgecomb Courthouse, 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No, the attorney assists people on a first-come, first-serve basis.  When you arrive, print your name on the sign-in sheet and take a “Notice of Limitation of Services Provided” form.

Can the attorney fill out my forms and give me legal advice?

No.  The Legal Information Center follows the rules set forth in Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.750 which does not allow staff to complete forms for you, represent you in court, or give you legal advice.  The attorney can give you information about the forms and the legal process so you can make informed decisions about your case.

Who operates and funds the Legal Information Center?

The Legal Information Center is operated by Bay Area Legal Services, a non-profit law firm.  Funding for this program is provided by:  TECO Energy and the law firms of Holland & Knight and Carlton Fields.