What is the Legal Information Center?
The Legal Information Center is a program to provide information to people who have limited funds and wish to represent themselves in family law cases in Lee County. However, the information contained inside may also be used in any county throughout the state of Florida.
Family law cases include divorce & equitable distribution, paternity, timesharing, parental responsibility, custody, child support, alimony, adoption, name change cases, and domestic violence civil injunctions, but NOT cases like guardianship, probate, foreclosures, criminal, or any appeals. We cannot assist you with any cases that are not Family Law or any out of the county or out of state cases.
You may wish to call us at (239) 288-7664 to obtain information on how to access the Legal Information Center and to obtain information about Family Law forms and procedures.
What is the Purpose of the Legal Information Center?
As part of our vision of equipping you with the tools to be successful in this process and beyond, we have created the Legal Information Center which contains instructions, legal guides, and forms to assist you in preparing your case. The purpose of the Legal Information Center is to help aid you in your preparation for your appearance in court because we know that the family law process can be a stressful process. We hope the Legal Information Center brings some clarity and help relieve some of the stress you may be facing.
What types of cases are not covered by the Legal Information Center?
Any cases that are not family law cases (for example criminal, traffic, expungement, guardianship, trusts, probate, real property, foreclosures, landlord/tenant, civil suits, vehicle titles, appeals, bankruptcy, Federal cases, out of the county or out of state cases).
What is included in the Legal Information Center?
The Legal Information Center contains:
- Step by step instructions -to assist you with the necessary procedure for bringing your case to the final hearing.
- Forms required for your case.
- Instructions for Courtroom Testimony.
- Time-sharing Schedule Creation Guidelines.
- Examples of timesharing schedules.
- Time-sharing Dos and Don’ts.
- Time-sharing Homework -to familiarize yourself with the factors the court must consider in determining what’s in the best interest of the child.
- Legal Guides.
- Do-It-Yourself Workshops
- Other valuable resource materials.
How much does this cost?
The services of the Legal Information Center are provided at a flat rate typically ranging from $500.00 to $1,500.00 depending on the complexity of the case. Please call us for a quote regarding your case.
Can the attorney fill out my forms and give me legal advice?
No. The attorney will not complete the forms for you, represent you in court, or give you legal advice. The documents contained in the Legal Information Center were prepared to assist you with the necessary procedure for bringing your case to the final hearing. It contains the minimum requirements and, even though fairly specific, may not be all-inclusive for every case. It is not intended and should not be substituted for proper legal advice from an attorney. You should, however, find that making sure all necessary steps noted below are followed would reduce procedural difficulties and time delays.