Florida Legal Services

Nick Evans

A dire lack of funding for low cost legal services in Florida is spurring one man to run six marathons, back to back. Attorney Michael Freed is raising funds and awareness for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. He says since the Great Recession, the need for assistance has risen while funding continues to slip.

Kathryn Cosson says she feels DCF isn't doing enough to provide assistance to people with disabilities in applying and re-certifying for social services, like food stamps.
Florida Legal Services

Florida Legal Services and Disability Rights Florida want the state to clarify how it handles social service applications from people who are disabled. The organizations are concerned thousands of disabled Floridians can’t apply for food stamps or other services in the state’s online system.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

Florida lawyers agree there’s a funding crisis that threatens legal service for the poor. But there’s disagreement among them on how to fix the problem. The Florida Bar opposes a proposal by hundreds of attorneys to raise Bar membership dues to cover the cost.

For people under a certain income level, legal aid can help with issues spanning from scams to juvenile justice. But in Florida, there’s only about one legal aid lawyer for every 20,000 eligible clients, according to state administrators.