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.
Free Online Resources
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 - There are offices throughout the state that provide legal services for non-criminal matters. A listing of these organizations can be round on the Florida Bar's website at http://www.floridabar.org/tfb/TFBConsum.nsf/48e76203493b82ad852567090070c9b9/a949d517a480a5a685256b2f006c5c77?OpenDocument#WHAT%20ARE%20THE%20STANDARDS%20FOR%20LEGAL.
Legal Aid offices have varying standards to decide who is qualified for assistance.
Check with your local office for more details.
UF Law Clinics - The University of Florida Levin College of Law also has Civil and Criminal Clinics that provide legal assistance to individuals. Contact information can be found at http://www.law.ufl.edu/academics/clinics/about-the-clinics/contact
The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service helps people find a local lawyer to discuss their problem with. Under this service, lawyers charge clients $25 (local Bar-sponsored program charges range from $20 to $50) for the initial half-hour office consultation. The telephone number for the service is 1-800-342-8011.
Local Bar Associations in larger cities also provide referral services. For a list of these, go to http://www.floridabar.org/tfb/TFBConsum.nsf/0a92a6dc28e76ae58525700a005d0d53/2d2abb1f846d13a9852574a500635941?OpenDocument
Florida Law Help, http://floridalawhelp.org/, is administered by Florida Legal Services, Inc. and has a wealth of useful information and links.
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.
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)
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.