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This guide provides information on library resources and other free resources for Florida self-represented persons.
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2013 URL: http://guides.law.ufl.edu/floridaselfhelp Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Where to Start at the Legal Information Center

For an overview of your subject (and to give direction to your research) use Florida Jurisprudence 2d - there is a multi-volume index at the end of the set to help you locate your subject.

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Florida Jurisprudence 2d
Call Number: KFF65.F56
A legal encyclopedia on the laws of Florida.

Free Online Resources

  • Florida Statutes
    Here you will find the current Florida statutes, organized by topic.
  • Florida Administrative Code
    Florida Administrative Code is the regulations in force in the state of Florida. Regulations are created by agencies, such as the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles and the Agency for Health Care Administration.
  • Municipal Codes (County and City Ordinances)
    Municode has most of Florida's local laws (city or county codes/ordinances) available at this website.
  • Florida State Courts
    The Florida State Courts website links to all of the state courts, from the Florida Supreme Court to County Courts. You will also find links to the Clerks of Courts, Court Programs (Mediation, Court Interpreters, Drug Courts, Family Courts, and more). This is also where you will find the Self-Help Center (including forms for Family Law, Landlord/Tenant, and other matters).
  • The Florida Bar
    The Florida Bar has a link for the public to find legal assistance, including lawyer referrals, foreclosure help information, and consumer information.
 

Finding Help

You may decide that you want to hire an attorney.  There are some low/no cost options in Florida and people to help you find what works best for you.

            Legal Aid offices have varying standards to decide who is qualified for assistance.

            Check with your local office for more details.

 Questions? Call the reference desk 352-273-0723 or contact the librarian profiled on this page

 

Florida Self-Help Books

These are a few of the books at the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center that provide helpful information for self-represented persons.  There are many to choose from - check the catalog for more: http://uf.catalog.fcla.edu/uf.jsp.

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Florida Law: a Layman's Guide - Gerald Keane
Call Number: KFF 81.K4 2007
ISBN: 1561643955
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
This is a readable guide to your legal rights in Florida. Topics include real estate, landlord/tenant, wills, trusts, family law, guardianship, adoption, business law, notes/mortgages, employment, insurance. Special topics include: torts, criminal law, small claims, and consumer law.

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Florida Divorce Handbook - Gerald B. Keane
Call Number: KFF 100.Z9 K43 2007
ISBN: 1561644021
Publication Date: 2007-10-01
The fifth edition of the Florida Divorce Handbook offers an overview of the divorce process, introduces the basic vocabulary and legal concepts associated with divorce, and familiarizes you with what to expect if you are planning to divorce in Florida or if you are already divorced and have questions.

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Incorporate in Florida - Mark Warda
Call Number: KFF 213.5.Z9 W37 2006
ISBN: 157248540X
Publication Date: 2006-03-01
Incorporate in Florida is a guide to starting and maintaining a corporation. It includes topics such as: Protect Yourself from Liability, Maintain Proper Records and Bookkeeping, Make Changes as Your Business Grows, and Essential Documents you need to Manage Your Day-to-Day Affairs.

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Help for Consumers

The Florida Divison of Consumer Services offers several avenues for Florida consumers to find assistance

Publications can be found at http://www.800helpfla.com/publications.html.  The publications cover topics such as: auto repair, do not call program, and telemarketing fraud.  The publications are available in English and Spanish.

Consumer complaints can be made online at http://www.800helpfla.com/complnt.html

There is also a link to look up a business by name to see whether complaints have been filed against it. (https://csapp.800helpfla.com/cspublicapp/businesssearch/businesssearch.aspx)

      
     

    Reference help

    The Reference Librarians are able to provide help in finding resources to help you, to show you how to use the materials and to help you get online to find additional legal resources via the computer.  The Librarians are not practicing law, however, and cannot do your research for you or offer you any legal advice or suggestions.  If you find you need that type of assistance, a consultation with an attorney is highly recommended.

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