Seeking Assistance

If you are seeking pro bono legal assistance, please review the General Information and Eligibility Criteria:

General Information about St. Michael’s and legal services provided:

  • A not for profit, 501(c)(3) pro bono legal services organization.
  • Governed by the canons of the Florida Bar and the Catholic Church
  • Does not discriminate based on religion, race, color, gender, or national origin
  • Serving 8 Counties: Citrus, Hillsborough, Hernando, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.
  • No cases involving parties or matters in other counties or states

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
    • Dissolution of Marriage* and Paternity
    • Time-sharing, Parenting Plans, Child Support
  • Post-judgment Family Law cases
  • Modification to Final Judgment etc.
  • Foreclosure defense (when related with a domestic relations case)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Family-related cases (limited)
  • Immigration
  • Wills and Probate

*Must have letter of referral from clergy or counseling professional stating that marriage is irretrievably broken.

Eligibility Criteria for St. Michael’s pro bono legal services is based on:

  • Financial Need
    • Income and Assets not to exceed 175%, with consideration up to 225% pending on size of the family, over the annual U.S. Federal poverty guidelines.
    • Income includes: basic salary and any additional compensation in the form of money such as bonuses as well as other income such as pensions, Social Security (SSI and SSD), alimony, child support, and income from rental property. Assets include checking/saving accounts, trust funds, stocks/bonds, automobiles, second homes, boats and motorcycles.
  • Type of Case/Issue Handled by St. Michael’s
    • Family law or family-related
    • Cannot consume the limited pro bono resources with complex or cases/issues that have lengthy court history.
  • Time necessary to conclude case

Submit Your Intake Form Now for Faster Service!

Before you begin, please ensure you have all relevant documents saved in either PDF or JPG format, ready for upload. This is essential for a thorough and efficient review of your case. Completing the Intake Form is the only way for us to quickly understand and assess your needs. After your submission, we aim to contact you promptly to discuss the next steps.

Crucial Points to Keep in Mind:

  • The submission of the Intake Form is mandatory for anyone seeking potential legal representation from our team. Please be aware that submitting the form does not ensure representation; applicants must meet certain eligibility criteria.
  • The Intake Form is the only way to have your case reviewed by our team. We prioritize these submissions exclusively to ensure efficiency and promptness in our evaluation process.
  • In case of technical issues with the Intake Form, we provide necessary support. Please call St. Michael’s Legal Center at 813-289-5385 solely for technical assistance with completing the form. Ensure you leave a message with your contact details and the nature of the technical issue. This line is dedicated to helping with form-related technical challenges, aiming to offer support within 72 hours.
  • Please refrain from sending emails for assistance requests. To ensure prompt and organized response, we do not reply to email inquiries regarding case assistance.