The Florida Bar COVID-19 Information and Resources

The Florida Bar COVID-19 Information and Resources

Information and resources to assist members of the public during the COVID-19 crisis.


Consumer Resources

RECENT NEWS

Florida’s Chief Justice Charles Canady distributed “Best Practices” guidelines developed by a statewide COVID-19 Workgroup to help people navigate new remote procedures used by state courts in the coronavirus pandemic.

FLORIDA BAR COMPLAINTS

The Attorney Consumer Assistance Program is working remotely so there may be delays in processing complaints. If you feel you have been unfairly treated by a lawyer, contact ACAP at (866) 352-0707.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE

The Business Law Section of The Florida Bar now has a COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Task Force, and is posting helpful information for business owners.

Florida Free Legal Answers is an online advice clinic to match low-income Floridians with licensed attorneys who can answer basic legal questions at florida.freelegalanswers.org. On April 8, The Florida Bar announced that they have expanded this service to more Floridians, read more here.

Florida Bar Consumer Pamphlets: The Florida Bar’s consumer guide provides information for consumers on who to contact for legal assistance and how to protect their legal rights in the event of a disaster. The bar also provides 47 consumer pamphlets  in English and Spanish as a service for consumers. These pamphlets are not a substitute for hiring an attorney, but they provide basic legal information about the topics they cover. Here is a link to the pamphlet on Landlord Tenant legal issues.

Florida Courts Help: Florida Courts Help is your guide to direct you through the court system. Here you will find information about local self-help centers, free and low-cost legal aid, and family law forms.

Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service: The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service is designed to make it easy for consumers, in counties without local lawyer referral services, to connect to trusted, verified attorneys. See the coverage area or find your local lawyer referral service here.

Florida Department of Elder Affairs Senior Hotline:  The Senior Legal Helpline – 1-888-895-7873 – provides free legal advice and brief services by telephone appointment to eligible Florida residents age 60 and older, for civil (not criminal) legal problems.

Florida Legal Aid organizations: directory of  legal aid organizations in Florida by county.

The Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar is posting helpful information and guidance on COVID-19 pandemic-related topics.

FINANCIAL PROTECTION

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers resources to help consumers, students with loans and homeowners with mortgages.

GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

Governor Ron DeSantis has been making regular announcements regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Check his website for the latest news.

The Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services has created a COVID-19 page with for info on the CARES Act, SBA loans for small businesses, USDA crop insurance updates, and more.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is posting information about reemployment assistance and other programs.

Price gouging: State law prohibits extreme increases in the price of essential commodities needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency. Anyone who suspects price gouging during this declared state of emergency should report it to the Attorney General’s Office by calling (866) 9-NO-SCAM. Attorney General Ashley Moody has activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline for Florida consumers. Find out more on the myfloridalegal.com website.

Cybersecurity Consumer Alert: Attorney General Moody sent a consumer alert advising those working from home to guard against hackers and scammers that could access sensitive information on home computers. Read more here.

Florida Department of Health is posting updates and helpful information, and has created a resource kit.

Deadlines to file and pay federal income taxes were extended to July 15, 2020 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), go to IRS.gov to get more tax resources and information about taxpayer relief.

CORONAVIRUS CONTROL & PREVENTION

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Please make sure you read the following information on the CDC’s website:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services warns about fake coronavirus outbreak map being circulated by scammers to spread malware. Only Johns Hopkins is providing this data.