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Florida Rural Legal Services
Phone: 863-688-7376
963 East Memorial Boulevard
Lakeland, FL  33802
Non-profit organization which provides legal assistance to persons with limited income and assets. Services in the following areas are provided free of charge to residents of Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties. The Lakeland office handles cases in the following areas: Housing (eviction, water and electric shutoffs, harassments), Public Benefits (food stamps, Medicaid, Wages Program, overpayments), Social Security (overpayments, deductions, SSI and SSD), Employment (decided on an individual basis - wage discrepancies are referred to Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division), Unemployment Compensation, Consumer Affairs, Access to Health Care, Immigration (on a limited basis), Elder Law (for clients over 60 years of age).
Florida Rural Legal Services also administers the Pro Bono Program through the Volunteer Attorney Project. Applicants are screened to insure financial eligibility for free legal assistance and to determine whether the case is meritorious. Types of cases eligible for Pro Bono Program include: Divorce (physical abuse only), Custody (defense of custodial parent only), Adoptions (limited), Guardianship (limited basis),
Probate/Summary of Administration (cases handled on individual basis), Bankruptcy (only if foreclosure is involved), Foreclosure (mortgages), Real Property and Mobile Homes, Consumer, Contracts, Collections.
Office of the Public Defender
Phone: 863-534-4000
Polk County Courthouse
10th Judicial Circuit of Florida
255 N. Broadway, 3rd Floor
Bartow, FL  33831
Represents indigent people charged with crimes and those who may otherwise be in jeopardy of losing their liberty. Generally, representation by a public defender is made by the judicial courts. The Office of Public
Defender, 10th Judicial Circuit of Florida, covers Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties.
 
Polk County Clerk of the Court
Phone: 863-534-4540
Polk County Government Center
930 East Parker Street
Lakeland, FL  33801
Maintains all official county records including civil records, tax debt sales and traffic ticket payments.
Polk County Courthouse
Phone: 863-534-4000
255 North Broadway
Bartow, FL 33830
Open Monday thru Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm, Closed Holidays
Polk County Courthouse Annex Lakeland
Phone: 863-603-6412
930 East Parker Street
Lakeland, FL  33801
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 8:00am – 5:00pm, Tuesday, Thursday - 8:00am – 6:00pm, Closed Holidays
Polk County Probation
Phone: 863-534-4125
Fleet Lane Building
305 North Jackson Avenue
Bartow, FL  33830
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