• Gulfcoast Legal Services
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  • Gulfcoast Legal Services

Welcome to the home page of Gulfcoast Legal Services,
your access to justice for the Florida West Coast.  You can find out more
about our services here as well as some basic legal information.

Gulfcoast Legal Services wishes to thank the family and friends of the late Kenneth Montgomery for their generous donations to Gulfcoast in memory of Mr. Montgomery.  A 1954 graduate of Stetson
University College of Law, Mr. Montgomery lived a full and productive life as an attorney and a family man.  He had a variety of legal employment, including being an FBI agent, a partner in the law firm of Russell, Montgomery and Allweiss, an attorney for the Legislative Delegation of the Florida State Senate, a City Prosecutor, an Assistant State Attorney, and in private practice as an Eminent Domain lawyer in Hillsborough County, at the end of which Mr. Montgomery retired as a 50-year member of the Florida Bar. He was a friend to many, including the late State Attorney James "Jimmy" Russell and the late Rep. C.W. (Bill) Young.

GLS appreciates the support of Mr. Montgomery's wife Barbara, and daughter Holly Magnan, in choosing to aid Gulfcoast Legal Services in Mr. Montgomery's memory.


GLS recently received funding to expand our legal assistance to many previously ineligible homeowners in Manatee County 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.

       Manatee residents:  Call 941-746-6151

Your eligibility will depend on the size of your household and your income.  When you call, you will be asked questions about your income and a determination will be made at that time.  NOTE:  Just because you have been turned down for help based on income requirements in the past does not mean you will not qualify for this service as the INCOME REQUIREMENTS ARE DIFFERENT FOR THIS PROGRAM.


Mission Statement

Gulfcoast Legal Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the legal needs of  vulnerable individuals, families and communities.

 Free Civil Legal Aid 

Gulfcoast Legal Services is a non-profit corporation providing free legal aid to income eligible residents of the greater Tampa Bay area. We have offices in Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties. We also provide immigration services to residents of Hillsborough and Pasco Counties as well as in the other three counties where we have offices.
We provide legal help with housing and mortgage foreclosure problems, family or domestic violence issues, immigration matters, SSI/disability and consumer matters. Gulfcoast Legal Services also has a special project to help seniors in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
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 In the words of our clients...

"I just wanted to call and thank you, John Dubrule, for what you did for me back in 1998, a divorce and it didn't cost me anything than the fee I had to pay for children under 18.  I've been thinking about it and I just wanted you to know you did a good deed for me because my  husband was very violent and I thank you so much.  I thank you again."

"The work you all did on my behalf is worth millions.  You helped me when I needed help and couldn't afford it.  As The Lord blesses me, I will bless you.  because of you all, I am a proud U.S. Citizen!!!"

"Thank you so much for all your hard work on my case!  It made all the difference.  I am now able to pay my rent and other bills.  I don't know what I would have done without your knowledge and all your help.  May God bless you and I hope you realize how vital and what a difference you have made in my life and others you have represented."

"Even though there is work that needs to be completed, every time I visit I'm impressed with the professionalism that is given to your clients.  I've been around the world, both military and now civilian, Gulfcoast Legal Services let me know that no matter how much disorder there may seem, that your staff moves on in an orderly manner; while showing respect for the problem at hand and for the individuals that visit.  This is shown at every level.  Simply THANK YOU."

"...I do not have the right words to thank you for all your help, especially for the attorney, Adriana Dinis, through her good work achieved that now we are legally in this country, that it is our second country.  First God allowed it, and all of you achieved it, with your good job, and your wisdom.  Every day I ask God for all of you that work in GULFCOAST LEGAL SERVICES for you not to give up and keep helping people who need it..."

"Thank you for all your help -- I'm not out of the woods, but close TO Not Losing the Ranch.  Respectfully..."

"Thank you so much for your help in the past two years with my legal problems.  From the moment I talked with you, I felt a huge amount of stress being lifted.  Your strength and confidence helped me through some really tough times.  I continue to experience the positive feelings, which came from your kindness and professional guidance.  I sincerely thank you..."

"This letter is in appreciation for all the work Gulfcoast Legal Services has done on my case.  The dedication of your staff has been absolutely remarkable.  They worked on my case over and above anything that I possibly could have expected.  They did not take any lunch breaks but worked straight through to assist me with an urgent filing deadline for court.  Their thorough research, assistance, and presentation of the final documents, which included quoting case law, and rules for civil procedure, was impeccable and very impressive.  If it weren't for their knowledge and assistance, I would have lost the Motion for Summary Judgment against me and I would have become homeless.  Needless to say, they saved my life.  Sincerely and with immense gratitude..."

Warning:  Domestic Violence  Survivors!

Please be aware that the websites you visit are often stored in your computer's memory.  The next time you open your browser, websites you last visited may show up.  If you share a computer with your abuser, she or he may be able to review the sites you have visited. The safest way to search for information on the Internet is at a local library, public school, friend's house or office location.

What's New

Gulfcoast Legal Services, John
Ferrari, Esq.,and the Venice
Friendship Center Present
"Veteran Benefits for Our
November 9th, click HERE.


Clearwater Bar Legal Fair
Saturday, November 14, 2015
For more details, click HERE.

Job Openings: Housing Staff
Click HERE for further details!

Gulfcoast Legal Services is preparing to participate
in the Giving Partner Challenge. This is a one day
giving challenge that allows donors and supporters
to have an opportunity to have their gifts matched
and to possibly make Gulfcoast eligible for a one
time grant.  The 2015 Giving Challenge is Tuesday,
September 1 at noon through Wednesday,
September 2 at noon

As part of the challenge, Gulfcoast has updated our
GuideStar website and will be able to maintain our
GuideStar Silver Exchange Emblem which promotes
transparency about our programs, performance,
finances and impact.

GLS video on YouTube

  Click on NEWS for details.