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PLEASE NOTE: The online scheduling is currently unavailable. The problem is being resolved. If you need to make an appointment for Clearwater or North County please contact the Clearwater Office at (727) 464-5150 or the St. Petersburg Office at (727) 582-7941. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.




Gulfcoast Legal Services Announces
FREE FORECLOSURE ASSISTANCE

Gulfcoast Legal Services recently received funding to expand our legal assistance to many previously ineligible homeowners in Pinellas and Manatee Counties who are facing foreclosure. Whether you are behind on your mortgage payments or have already received foreclosure papers, we may be able to help you find a workable solution. GLS can help you fight a mortgage foreclosure of your homestead property and/or help you with a mortgage restructure or modification negotiation with your bank or other lender.

We cannot guarantee representation. However, we can provide you with information that you may need to keep your home. Call NOW to get legal advice from an attorney.

Pinellas residents: Call 727-821-0726
Manatee residents: Call 941-746-6151



Self Help Center Receives 2011 Louis M. Brown Award
The Self Help Center was selected as the recipient of the 2011 Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. Learn more.

Self Help Center Now Offering Online Scheduling
The Clerk's Self Help Center now offers online scheduling of attorney consultation appointments for pro se' litigants that do not already have an attorney.
Click here to schedule an appointment using a credit card.


Learn what you can achieve at the Clerk's Self Help Centers.

Read what others have said about the Self Help Center:
WTSP 1 2 | TBN 1 2 | Bay News 9 | Clearwater Gazette

Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida
Community Law Program
The Clearwater Bar Association


The purpose of the Clerk's Legal Self Help Centers is to assist Pinellas County citizens representing themselves in court (sometimes referred to as pro se persons) who do NOT have a private attorney. Pinellas County citizens who represent themselves in court and do not already have a private attorney representing them, can now get affordable legal assistance.

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Schedule an appointment to consult with an attorney for a minimum of $15*
    (Attorneys may assist with Family Law, Small Claims and Landlord/Tenant matters ONLY. Please refer to our quick referral guide.)
  • Purchase forms and packets for civil court actions
  • Have documents notarized
  • Make copies

Hours, Locations & Phone Numbers

The Clearwater Self Help Center (Open Monday through Friday 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.)
The Clearwater Law Library, Old Clearwater Courthouse
324 S. Ft. Harrison Ave., Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 464-5150
Fax: (727) 453-3423

  • Appointments may be scheduled for Thursday and/or Friday.
  • A Spanish interpreter provided by the Hispanic Outreach Center is available at the Clearwater location on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The St. Petersburg Self Help Center (Open Monday through Friday 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.)
The St. Petersburg Judicial Building
545 First Avenue North, St Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 582-7941
Fax: (727) 582-7945
  • Appointments may be scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and/or Friday.
    (Please note: Friday appointments are only available from 1:00pm-4:30pm)
The North County Branch Self Help Center (Open Tuesdays only 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.)
29582 U.S. 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33761
Phone: (727) 464-5150
Fax: (727) 453-3423
  • Attorney appointments must be made by phone for this location and are only available on Tuesdays.

*Attorney appointments may only be scheduled for a minimum of 15 minutes to a maximum of one hour. All appointments must be scheduled in 15-minute increments, i.e., 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes at a rate of $1 (one dollar) per minute, therefore payments will be $15, $30, $45 or $60 accordingly.

Attorney consultation fees must be paid when the appointment time is scheduled. The Self Help Center accepts credit card payments (VISA or Mastercard) as well as cash, check or money order. Refunds will not be issued for missed appointments. Appointment times may not be changed once set.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES "PRO SE" MEAN?
"Pro se" means "for oneself" or, "on one's own behalf", as in pursuing legal proceedings without an attorney.

WHAT ARE SOME AREAS THE CLERK'S SELF HELP CENTER MAY ASSIST ME WITH?
For a quick referral guide on the legal areas the Clerk’s Office may statutorily assist with, please click here.

WILL THE SELF HELP ATTORNEY REPRESENT ME IN COURT?”
No. The attorneys will only assist with the Florida Bar pro se forms and aid in the understanding of the overall legal process. They will assist with any pleadings the person has received. They cannot represent people in Court.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH AN ATTORNEY?
There are two ways to schedule an appointment.

  1. visit the Clearwater or St Petersburg Self Help Center in person
  2. call either location (Clearwater (727) 464-5150 / St. Petersburg (727) 582-7941)
  3. click here


Payment in full is required in order to make an appointment. We are sorry but refunds will not be issued for missed appointments.

Payment in full is required in order to make an appointment. We are sorry but refunds will not be issued for missed appointments.

IS AN APPOINTMENT NECESSARY?
It is not necessary, but we highly recommend it. We understand that some issues require immediate action and we will try to accommodate walk-ins. However, the appointment calendar can fill very quickly. It will save you time and frustration if you make an appointment in advance.

WHAT CAN I DO IF I CANNOT AFFORD THE FEES TO SEE AN ATTORNEY AT THE SELF HELP CENTER?
There are several "pro bono" or free legal assistance programs in Pinellas County that you may use if you meet the eligibility requirements. For information about pro bono programs, Pinellas County residents who live south of Ulmerton Rd., may visit the Community Law Program's website http://www.lawprogram.org. Pinellas County residents who live north of Ulmerton Rd., may visit the Gulfcoast Legal Services' website http://www.gulfcoastlegal.org.

CAN I PURCHASE FORMS WITHOUT HAVING TO MEET AN ATTORNEY?
Yes. All forms/packets are available for sale at a reasonable price. A complete list of forms and packets may be found by clicking here.

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