Legal Help

GLS provides services in the following areas:

Financial Stability Advocacy
• Consumer Protection
• Credit Issues/Harassment
• Low Income Taxpayer Clinic/Tax Controversies
• End-of-Life Planning/Advance Directives
• Living Wills/Power of Attorney
• Temporary Custody for Relatives
• SSI/SSD, Medicaid/Medicare, Cash/Food Assistance (SNAP), and Unemployment Issues
• Birth Certificates/Name Changes

Housing Advocacy
• Predatory Lending
• Housing Discrimination/Fair Housing
• Eviction
• Foreclosure
• Landlord/Tenant Disputes

Family/Domestic Violence Advocacy
• Child Support
• Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)
• Injunctions for Protection against Domestic, Dating, or Sexual Abuse and Stalking
• Injunction Compliance Hearings
• Paternity Actions
• Parenting Plans and Timesharing Cases
• Relocation
• Temporary or Concurrent Custody Orders for Relative Caregivers

Immigration Advocacy
• Unaccompanied Minors
• Domestic Violence VAWA Self-Petitions
• Human Trafficking
• Citizenship
• U and T Visas

GLS places special emphasis on helping the following vulnerable populations within Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties:

  • Seniors (age 60+)
  • Families with School-Age Children
  • Persons Experiencing Homelessness
  • Ex-Offenders Re-Entering Society*
  • LGBTQ+ Individuals

*Must not be an opposing party in another GLS case

Client Restrictions

Client eligibility is clearly defined in each of GLS’s grants. Most specify that our clients must earn under 250% of the federal poverty level. Some specify even lower levels (200% FPL or below) except for agency VOCA funding which provides services for all victims of crime, regardless of income and funding for clients aged 60+.

As a grant funded organization, we MUST have proof of income to accept clients.
GLS is committed to providing the best possible service to our clients and treating them with the respect and attention they deserve.