How can I get my court costs waived as a limited income mentally disabled individual ?
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You did not specify which court costs you are seeking to get waived. I practice in Utah and not Florida, so I can only give Utah-specific advice, or federal advice. In Utah, filing fees may be waived upon a motion and affidavit showing your assets and liabilities, income and expenses. The same would apply for a federal court case. You may file in forma pauperis, or "IFP." The motion may or may not be granted. However, given the fact that your income barely covers your living expenses (if indeed it does), then I would guess you have a pretty good shot at getting the filing fee waived. You should check on the court's website for forms for waiving the filing fee. Best of luck!
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in federal court, there is a motion to proceed IFP. Be prepared to answer several pages about income and assets. Sometimes they are granted, sometimes not. Ask a local attorney for guidance or check the court's website. Some federal courts provide the forms on the internet in PDF fillable format.
You did not indicate what court costs you want waived but unfortunately poverty is not usually an excuse for not paying court costs. Supposedly, we no longer have debtor's prisons but some judges don't seem to know this and want to take us back to the 19th century.
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