Frequently Asked Questions
How is BCLA funded?
We are funded by federal, state and county grants, as well as through the generous Donations from supporters and charitable organizations.
What kinds of cases does BCLA handle?
BCLA provides services to financially eligible clients in the following areas of law:
- Family Law
- Free Foreclosure Assistance
- Domestic Violence
- Consumer cases that exceed small claims
- Bankruptcy (if debt exceeds $10,000 and more than 50% is medical bills)
- Landlord/Tenant (Tenant must be current on rent)
Who Is Eligible for BCLA help?
To be financially eligible, most applicants must have a gross income not exceeding 125% of the poverty level established by the Department of Health & Human Services.
There is no fee for legal service, but you may be asked to assist with litigation costs (e.g. deposition fees, witness fees, etc.) in highly contested legal matters.
How do I get an appointment with BCLA?
Please call us at (321) 631-2500 to set an appointment and see if you qualify under our financial guidelines. For details regarding our location, see our Contact page.
Does BCLA handle criminal cases?
No, we do not. If you are charged with a criminal offense and cannot afford an attorney you should request a public defender when you first appear before a judge.
What are the clinics offered at BCLA?
BCLA offers various clinics over the course of the year on different legal topics where people meeting our financial guidelines can make an appointment to meet with an attorney to discuss their legal issues. BCLA offers the following legal clinics:
- Family Pro Se Clinic
- Will Clinic
- Bankruptcy Clinic
- Consumer / Debt Clinic
- Social Security Disability (SSD) / Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Clinic
- General Advice Clinic
For information about setting an appointment with one of our clinics, please call us at (321) 631-2500.
Where Can I Get a Pro Bono Attorney?
One of the projects developed by Legal Aid is our Pro Bono Project. We have recruited attorneys in Brevard County who have generously donated their time assisting eligible clients referred by BCLA. You must still meet the same financial and case guidelines as Legal Aid’s in-house services.
We are committed to improving the quality of legal aid and assistance to protect personal safety, establish family stability, and ensure equal access to justice for low income and disadvantaged persons in Brevard County. We are a non-profit (501-C3) agency serving Brevard County since 1970.