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CIVIL LEGAL AID SINCE 1978

Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. is a non-profit law firm dedicated to the provision of quality legal assistance to the poor, abused, disabled and elderly, and to empowerment through preventive legal education.

We provide free civil legal services in 17 counties in North Florida.

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About Three Rivers Legal Services

Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. is a non-profit law firm with law offices in Gainesville, Jacksonville and Lake City, Florida, dedicated to the provision of quality legal assistance to the poor, abused, disabled and elderly, and to empowerment through preventive legal education. TRLS provides free civil legal assistance to low income families in seventeen counties with three offices and a staff of 35, including 21 full time attorneys. Offices located in Gainesville, Jacksonville and Lake City can be reached by calling our toll-free Legal Helpline: 866-256-8091.

We provide high quality services to individuals as well as legal information and education to groups. Each year, TRLS handles thousands of cases.  We concentrate on Housing Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence Prevention, Elder Law, Education Law, and Income and Public Benefits issues.  TRLS also offers specialized services to Veterans, homeowners facing foreclosure, and low income taxpayers. TRLS works closely with many pro bono lawyers and law firms to expand its ability to provide free legal advice and representation to eligible persons in northeast and north central Florida.

Serving Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor and Union Counties in North Florida including the towns and cities of Bronson, Chiefland, Cross City, Fernanandina Beach, Gainesville, Green Cove Springs, Jacksonville, Jasper, Lake Butler, Lake City, Live Oak, Macclenny, Madison, Mayo, Orange Park, Perry, St. Augustine, Starke, Trenton, Yulee and others.

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Our Services

Three Rivers Legal Services provides free legal advice and representation for a broad range of civil legal problems.

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Volunteer Spotlight

John Bonner, Sr.

Fortunately, when John Bonner retired from his law practice in Clearwater and bought a home in rural Alachua County, he didn’t feel the need to retire his legal expertise.

Bonner began volunteering with Three Rivers Legal Services by offering his services in estate planning. Working from home but using office space at Three Rivers, Bonner was able to assist clients in need of wills and advance directives. As long as he had a small space to meet with the clients, he was available. When Three Rivers joined the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association and Southern Legal Counsel to form the Ask-A-Lawyer outreach to the homeless, Bonner quickly responded and offered his expertise.

During one Ask-A-Lawyer event, Bonner met a homeless woman suffering from mental and physical impairments. She was a beneficiary of her mother’s estate but because of her impairments, she had not been able to obtain her share of the estate. Bonner quickly became involved, enabling her to receive her $9,000 inheritance and allowing her to secure housing and much needed medical care.

In another example of Bonner’s advocacy, he reached out to a mortgage company that was not responding to a widower’s efforts to make payments on his home.  With Bonner’s intervention, the mortgage company began accepting payments while the widower settled his wife’s estate.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Bonner has been practicing law as a member of The Florida Bar since 1950. He loves telling stories from those 68 years in the practice of law and using his legal skills to represent his clients, including those with limited means.

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Three Rivers Legal Services provides services to eligible clients through grants and contracts from these agencies and organizations.

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Volunteer – Make An Impact

Volunteer in a Three Rivers Legal Services office and work with a highly experienced team of staff attorneys and advocates assisting eligible clients in north Florida.

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This is a great opportunity for law students to gain experience and service hours!