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Established in 1975, the Seminole County Legal Aid Program is a non-profit organization established by a group of attorneys that saw that economically disadvantaged individuals could not access the justice system. They needed help. Our organization consists of staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys that give up their time to provide free services to economically disadvantaged…

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Grants help renters become buyers

Bank of America launches five-year, $5 billion affordable home ownership initiative By Kate Santich As Orlando-area rents continue to climb, a major bank is offering a pair of home-buyer grants that could help low- and moderate-income residents make the leap to ownership. This week the region became one of 49 national markets targeted by Bank…

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Education and Prevention Symposium on Legal Aspects of Elder Abuse

Financial Abuse of Elders Written by Thomas Seall, University of Florida Levin College of Law At this year’s annual Education and Prevention Symposium on Legal aspects of elder abuse I had the pleasure of attending a presentation from Shannon Miller.  Shannon Miller Is an attorney with the Miller elder law Firm located in Gainesville, Florida….

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Sealing and Expungement Workshop Dates July-November 2019

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Veteran’s Clinic Dates July- September 2019

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Welcome our Summer 2019 Interns!

This summer we have the privilege of hosting five interns in our office.  This past week we put on a summer barbecue to welcome everyone to our office. Read below to learn more about our interns. Daniel Woodruff Mr. Woodruff is attending University of Florida in the Honors College. He just finished his second year as…

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Beware Online Car Shopping

Shopping online is always risky, so shopping online for a car is certainly not advisable. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has warned against some of the scams that are perpetuated by online car sellers. Make sure that you are always careful about the person you are purchasing a vehicle from. If you…

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Repair Shop Safety

The month of April is National Car Care Month. In honor of this month, The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has provided some important information for car owners. One thing that they emphasized was the importance of knowing where you are taking your car for maintenance or repairs. The Florida Motor Vehicle Repair…

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How to Avoid Scams and Fraud: Senior Population

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Free Dental Care – March 22-23, 2019

FREE DENTAL CARE! FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED, March 22 – 23, 2019 When? Friday and Saturday, March 22 – 23 , 2019 – Doors open at 6 a.m. Edgewater High School – 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804 Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis Goal is to treat 2,000 patients in two days,…

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Legal Aid Adopts a Therapy Dog

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Romance or “Sweetheart” scams

Beware! “sweetheart scams,” are a type of scam on the rise especially around February.  These scams are prevalent in Florida and seniors are often the targets although younger folks also fall prey to them. Please see the attached “flyer” with more information on how to protect yourself.

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Sealing and Expungement Workshop

Once a month, in tangent with the Goodwill Job Connection Center in Sanford, Florida, our office facilitates a Sealing and Expungement workshop. In the state of Florida, if a person has been arrested or charged but not convicted of a crime, they may be eligible to have their record sealed or expunged. The workshop is…

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FICO Score Changes

Some new and exciting changes are being done to the way credit scores are decided. Fair Isaac, Corp., otherwise known as FICO, has announced a new score measuring system that will be known as UltraFICO and will be rolling out early 2019. The new system could help many people qualify for loans that would have…

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Florida Health Justice Project

The Seminole County Legal Aid Society is dedicated to helping seniors in the community. Many of the biggest issues plaguing this population are health related and if one is disabled or sick and is unable to pay for expensive medical treatment, government-subsidized health care can be life changing. Especially in the case of individuals requiring…

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Seminole County Veterans Stand Down

This Month on Saturday, October 20, 2018 the Seminole County Veterans Services will hold their 7th Annual Veterans Stand Down. It will be held at the Seminole County Health Department (400 W Airport Blvd. Sanford, FL 32773) from 9 AM to 1 PM. At this event, resources will be provided to homeless and at-risk veterans,…

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Representative Stephanie Murphy’s Senior Event

On September 18, 2018, U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy and her office will be holding a Free Senior Resource Fair. A vast variety of organizations will be available throughout the event to provide the Senior Citizens of our community with much needed and beneficial information on legal services, health care, government services, community resources and much…

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Reading Scholarship Accounts

The Reading Scholarship Accounts allows parents with children in Florida public school to access services for their children in grades three through five who are having trouble reading. In order to be eligible for a Reading Scholarship Account your child must meet the following requirement: • Enrolled in third or fourth grade in 2017-18 •…

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Senator Marco Rubio holds “Mobile Office Hours” at SCBALAS Veteran’s Clinic

Starting July 12th, our office will have the pleasure to work alongside Senator Marco Rubio’s Mobile office at our monthly Veterans Clinics where his staff will be assisting during their “Mobile Office Hours.” During these hours, their office will be assisting individuals with federal paperwork or any issues with a federal agency that deal with…

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Changes in Law Concerning Expunction of Criminal History Record

–Written by Silvia McLain Expunction of a criminal record requires all criminal justice agencies possessing such a record to physically destroy it. Once the record is expunged, a person may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge an arrest covered by the expunged record, subject to some exceptions. Expunction is prohibited if person was acquitted at…

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Hope Scholarship and Reading Account Scholarship

Written by Daniel Woodruff, University of Florida 2018 House Bill 7055 has created two scholarship opportunities for the upcoming school year: Hope Scholarship Program and Reading Scholarship Accounts. The first scholarship is for public school students (grades K5-12) who experience incidents of bullying, harassment, violence, etc. as described in the Florida Statute 1002.40. The scholarship…

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The Florida Do Not Call Act

–Written By Mira Saad, Stetson University Summer Intern   Florida becomes the first state to expand protection for consumers receiving “telephonic sales calls”. Effective on July 1st, 2018, an amendment of Florida Statute 501.059 “expands the definition of ‘telephonic sales call’ to include voice mail transmissions”. Under the new act, officially known as the Florida…

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Seminole County Community Services Department 5th Annual Homeownership Fair

The Community Services Department is hosting their FREE 5th Annual Homeownership Fair next Saturday, June 9th, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This event can assist both current homeowners and individuals considering purchasing their first home. The fair will have lenders, housing counseling agencies, realtors, and Seminole County staff present to explain Homeownership options…

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Identity Theft Presentation for Seniors

Unfortunately, Florida still ranks in the top 1 & 2 spots for reported complaints of ID Theft and Fraud in the nation. A presentation on Identity Theft will be made for seniors on May 24, 2018 at 10 am. The location will be at Secret Lake Park community center at 200 N. Lake Triplet Dr.,…

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Welcome to our Summer Interns

We welcome Law Student Charles J. Richards and College Student Daniel Woodruff as our summer interns commencing in May of 2018.  Mr. Richards is attending Washington and Lee Law school in Virginia. He graduated from University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.  He graduated from Winter Park High School with honors. Mr….

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