2021 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 720 requests for assistance with family law matters.

Dissolution of Marriage
Guardianship of Adult
(Seniors First)
Guardian Advocate
Chapter 751 (temporary custody of minor child by relative)
Domestic Violence Injunctions
Paternity/ Custody
Transgender Name Change

Consumer Law - Last year there were over 275 requests for assistance with consumer matters.

Bankruptcy - Chapter 7
Bankruptcy - Chapter 13
ID Theft
Debt Collection/Garnishment
Student Loan Discharge for Disability

Housing Law - Last year there were over 596 requests for assistance with housing matters

Eviction Defense
Rental Housing Conditions
Security Deposit Disputes
Foreclosures
Immigration Law - Last year there were over 88 requests for assistance 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)
Renewal of Work Authorizations
Temporary Protected Status
Citizenship Applications
Veterans - Referrals from VALOR Project for areas not generally offered to other clients.
Power of Attorney in person
Power of Attorney remote execution
Simple Wills in person
Simple Wills remote execution
Advance Directives in person
Advance Directives remote execution

Sealing and Expunction - Last year there were over 120 requests for assistance with sealing and expungement.

Adults
Juvenile Records
Other areas of law - Last year there were 100 requests for assistance in other areas of law, such as:
Reinstatement of Drivers License
Appeals (other than GAL)
Simple Wills and Related Documents for Special Circumstances
Small Probate Matters
III. BE A GUARDIAN AD LITEM
This is our area of greatest need. Last year we received requests for GALs for over 900 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 interest representation; all ages.
Transitions cases - Foster teens age 16-21. Special training offered by LAS.
Appeals cases - Represent or advise GAL on appeals to 5th DCA. Requires additional commitment. Preference given to experienced appellate attorneys.
Delinquency - Best interest advocacy for child victim or defendant in delinquency court.
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.
Counsel and Advise Clinic for Eviction
HIV Special Will Project - 9 slots, Closed after December 31, 2020.
Bankruptcy PRO SE Assistance Clinic - 12 slots.
Citizens Dispute Settlement 18 slots
Closed after mid-December 2020
Family Mediation - 8 slots. Closed after mid-December 2020.
Community Education Panel - Gov’t/corporate counsel preference.
Earned Income Credit/Tax Assistance Project - 20 slots. Closed after mid-January 2021.
Homeless Advocacy Project - 20 slots
Intake - 20 slots
Teen Court - 45 slots.
Usually filled by mid-December 2020. 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
This is the address where your credit card statements are mailed.
A receipt will be e-mailed to this address.

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