2019 Annual Preference Form
How can you help? You can take cases, be a Guardian ad Litem, participate in a project and/or contribute financially. Please consider taking cases and making a financial gift. Let us join together to open wide the doors of justice in our community. Be Legal Aid!

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR AT WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
I. TO MAKE A DONATION
If you would like to make a $350 “In Lieu of Service” contribution or an additional gift to Legal Aid Society, PLEASE CLICK HERE to access our Donation page.
II. TAKE CASES
I will accept at least two (2) cases in the following area(s): Please note that Legal Aid will make every effort to accommodate your choice of subject area, but if no cases are available in that area, you will be contacted to take cases in the areas of greatest need.
Family Law - Last year, there were over 40 parents of minor children who needed assistance with custody. There were over 60 relatives who sought guardianship or temporary custody of family members.
Dissolution of Marriage
(minor children and domestic violence issues)
Guardianship of Adult
Guardian Advocate
Chapter 751 (temporary custody of minor child by relative)
Domestic Violence Injunctions
Paternity Custody (minor children and domestic violence injunction)
Transgender Name Change
Consumer Law - Last year there were 90 families who sought bankruptcy assistance, or had other consumer issues.
Bankruptcy - Chapter 7
Bankruptcy - Chapter 13
ID Theft
Debt Collection Problems/Garnishment
Student Loan
Housing Law - Last year we referred 60 families with eviction defenses or conditions and foreclosures.
Eviction Defense
Rental Housing Conditions
Security Deposit Disputes
Immigration Law - Last year over 90 adults and children sought help with immigration matters.
Victims of Domestic Violence (VAWA)
Victims of Violent Crimes (U visa)
Victims of Human Trafficking(T Visa)
Abused, Aband, Negl Children (SIJS)
Removal of Cond Residence (I-751)
Renewal of Permanent Resident Card (I-90)
Veterans - Referrals from VALOR Project for areas not generally offered to other clients.
Power of Attorney
Simple Wills
Advance Directives
Other areas of law - Last year there were 100 cases in other areas of law.
Appeals (other than GAL)
Expungement or Sealing of Court Record
Simple Wills and Related Documents for Special Circumstances
III. BE A GUARDIAN AD LITEM
This is our area of greatest need. Last year we received requests for GALs for over 700 children, including children in juvenile dependency cases, or child victims, and witnesses in criminal cases.I will accept at least two cases in the following areas:
Guardian ad Litem - Juvenile Court (you may accept more than one)
Dependency (traditional best interests, all ages)
Transitions cases - Foster teens age 16-21. Special training offered by LAS.
Appeal cases - Represent or advise GAL on appeal to 5th DCA. Requires additional commitment. Preference given to experienced appellate attorneys.
Delinquency - Not attorney of record in delinquency, but address best interest issues.
Guardian ad Litem; Criminal Court - GAL for child victim/witness.
IV. PARTICIPATE IN PROJECTS
I will participate in the following project(s)
We have limited openings - several projects close early.
AIDS Special Will Project - 12 slots, Closed after
December 31, 2018
Attorneys Fighting for Seriously Ill children - 5 slots
Bankruptcy PRO SE Assistance Clinic - 12 slots
Citizens Dispute Settlement and Family Mediation - 45/22 slots. Closed after mid-December 2018. Return form ASAP.
Community Education Panel - Gov’t/corporate counsel preference.
Earned Income Credit/Tax Assistance Project - 20 slots. Closed after mid-January 2019.
Homeless Advocacy Project - 20 slots
Teen Court - 45 slots.
Usually filled by mid-December 2018. Return form ASAP.
Teen Parent Education Project - 5 slots.
Telephone Screening - 5 slots. Gov’t/corporate counsel preference.
Non Profit Incorporation Project - 7 slots. Incorporation AND Tax.
VALOR Project of Orange County - 16 slots.
Veterans Preference.
CONTACT DATA
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A receipt will be e-mailed to this address.

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