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ANNOUNCEMENTS

A Big Move: Clerk's Self Help Center Now Located Inside Clearwater Courthouse

The Clerk's Self Help Center is now located inside the Clearwater Courthouse at 315 Court Street, Room 114, across from the information desk. Read the complete press release here.


Pinellas Clerk’s Self Help Center Now Offers Convenient Online Appointment Scheduling

Conveniently schedule your attorney consultations online. Read the complete press release here.

Self Help Online Appointment Scheduler

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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.


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 Self Help Center is to offer affordable legal assistance to citizens representing themselves in court (pro se litigants) without a private attorney.

Services available:

  • Attorney consultations for a minimum of $15 (Family Law, Small Claims and Landlord/Tenant matters ONLY). Please refer to our quick referral guide for more information.
  • Form and packet purchases for civil court actions.
  • Notarization and copies of documents.

Hours, Locations & Phone Numbers

Clearwater Self Help Center (Open Monday - Friday, 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.)
Clearwater Courthouse
315 Court St., Room 114, Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 464-5150
Fax: (727) 453-3423

  • Thursday and Friday appointments.
  • A Spanish interpreter may be requested by contacting the Hispanic Outreach Center at (727) 445-9734.

St. Petersburg Self Help Center (Open Monday - Friday, 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.)
St. Petersburg Judicial Building
545 First Ave. N., Room 103, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 582-7941
Fax: (727) 582-7945
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday appointments.
North County Branch Self Help Center (Open Tuesdays only, 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.)
29582 U.S. 19 N., Room 101, Clearwater, FL 33761
Phone: (727) 464-5150
Fax: (727) 453-3423
  • Tuesday appointments only.

*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, as well as cash, check or money order. Refunds will not be issued for cancelled or 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 three ways to schedule an appointment.

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

Payment in full is required in order to make an appointment. We are sorry, but refunds will not be issued for cancelled or 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 may visit the Bay Area Legal Services website www.bals.org or call 1-800-625-2257.

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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