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Seminole County Small Business Grant Application

Seminole County has established a grant program designed to aid small businesses struggling amid the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. Starting June 1st, small businesses located in Seminole County can apply for a one time grant of up to $5,000. The businesses must be physically established within Unincorporated Seminole County or one of the…

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Had A Cruise Planned Or Hoping To Plan A Cruise?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased risk of spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships, the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) published the first industry-wide No Sail Order on March 14, 2020. You may ask, what is a No Sail Order? The No Sail Order suspends all cruise ship operations in waters subject to…

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Florida Student Financial Relief

University of Florida: The University of Florida has two major relief funds – Aid-a-Gator and the Federal Emergency Aid Grant. The first is a fund meant to help UF students cover education-related expenses. Aid-a-Gator is a grant, not a loan and the maximum grant is $1,000. The second fund is meant for UF students to…

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The Sharing Center’s Community Food Distribution

On Thursday, May 21st, the Sharing Center will be giving out food to qualifying families at the Annunciation Catholic Church. Please click here view the flyer to learn more.

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Florida Reemployment & Federal Unemployment Assistance

Please click here to see a flyer our office created, comparing and contrasting the types of state reemployment and federal unemployment benefits that are available

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It’s Giving Tuesday!

         

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UCF Students can Receive Benefits from CARES Act

UCF students have the opportunity to receive benefits from the CARES Act to assist them with their school related expenses that were affected due to COVID-19. This includes any unexpected expenses that were necessary to compete classes online during the Spring 2020 semester (such as materials and/or technology), rent/housing, food, and more. Eligibility requirements include…

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Can I be Evicted During the COVID-19 Crisis is Seminole County for Non-Payment of Rent?

Please click here to view a flowchart concerning eviction for non-payment of rent during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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April COVID-19 Testing Dates

No-cost tests are available in some Seminole County locations. Patients must bring identification. They do not have to exhibit symptoms. Although tests are free, patients with insurance should bring their cards. Appointments are not necessary. Sites will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the following dates, with the capacity to test up…

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Did You Lose Your Medical Insurance When You Became Unemployed? If Yes, You May Be Able To Consider The Following Option

If you have lost your job and your job-related health insurance, you may qualify for the Special Enrollment Period in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Health Insurance Marketplace allows for individuals to see what health insurance they qualify best suited for their current financial situation. Those who have lost insurance through their job must apply…

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Medicaid Changes

The Agency for Health Care Administration and Department of Children and Families have been working together to ensure current Medicaid recipients maintain benefits during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) state of emergency. To that end, we are taking the following actions. Maintain Medicaid Eligibility We will maintain Medicaid eligibility for current recipients through the last…

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The “CARES Act:” What’s in It?

Coronavirus and, Relief, and Economic Security Act Summary from Justice in Aging   On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act (H.R. 748), a $2 trillion funding package aimed at addressing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Americans. The CARES Act is the third legislative package to date building on the Families…

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Resources Available During Coronavirus Pandemic

Seminole County Government Office of Emergency Management’s website has all COVID-19 updates regarding Seminole County. This includes a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions, Closures, Assistance Programs, Donations/Food Banks, Schools, and more. The list are updated every day to keep individuals up to date on all changes in Seminole County. Please click here to visit…

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Videos Helping Self Represented Filers Use the E-Portal to Send Documents to Court

During this time, you may be finding yourself needing to electronically file documents with the court in a pending action or initiate a new action on your own. The Florida Courts E-Filing Portal allows individuals to access the court system from the safe comfort of their home or office. We would like to provide the…

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Serving Our Community During this Time of Need

We want you to know that Seminole County Legal Aid is here to serve our community during this time of need. It is important we share a few steps with you of the preventative measures we are taking to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus and keep applicants, clients, volunteers and staff safe. We will…

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Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC20—17 Addresses Notary Requirement of Certain Family Law Forms

Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order AOSC20—17 Addresses Notary Requirement of Certain Family Law Forms Written by Silvia McLain, Esq. The requirement that Florida Family Law Forms be notarized or signed in the presence of a deputy clerk was suspended by the Florida Supreme Court through the close of business on Friday, April 17, 2020, or…

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Emergency Procedure for the Administering of Oaths Via Remote Audio-Video Communication Equipment

The Florida Supreme Court issued an administration order, No. AOSC2016, allowing Florida notaries to administer oaths remotely by audio-video communications within the State of Florida, provided that they can positively identify the witness. The order specifically allows Florida notaries to remotely administer oaths involving family law forms. It allows you to also witness remotely the…

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New Temporary Court Procedures

According to Administrative Order 20-15, all eviction, ejectment or writs of possession, unlawful detainer cases will be suspended until April 15, 2020 or any other date provided by law. This suspension also applies to initial paperwork for filing the eviction; time periods for service of documents; and scheduling hearings. In addition, the Sheriff and all…

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New Administrative Order Concerning Seminole County Courts

Please click here to see the attached Administrative Order 20-15- Continuation of Operations Based Upon COVID-19 Concerns.

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COVID-19 Update of Office Procedure

Our staff shall be working remotely until further notice.  You can contact the following staff during the hours of 8:30 to 4: 30 PM (Monday – Friday) at following numbers:   Assistant Coordinator: (to apply for legal assistance or for further information) : (407) 834 -1660 ext. 100 or (863) 606-3732 or assistantcoordinator@scbalas.com   Pro…

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COVID-19 Seminole County Courthouse Update

Please see below for the most current update regarding the Seminole County Courthouse procedure. Be sure to also check the 18th judicial circuit website and their webpage regarding COVID-19 for any further updates. All domestic violence, repeat violence, dating violence, stalking and cyberstalking injunction hearings are to be suspended for 30 days and recommence on…

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Seminole County Public Schools Providing Free Meals for Students

Seminole County Public Schools will be offering free breakfast and lunch meals for students during the week of March 23rd-27th! The following are the selected distribution sites: Casselberry Elementary (1075 Crystal Bowl Circle, Casselberry, FL 32707) English Estates Elementary (299 Oxford Road, Fern Park, FL 32730) Midway Elementary (2368 Brisson Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771) Pine…

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Have you Prepared your Necessary Legal Documents during the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Governor DeSantis has issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Center for Disease Control recommends community preparedness and everyday prevention measures to be taken by all individuals and families.  Residents should make sure their legal affairs are in order in case you may fall seriously ill and…

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

When a child turns 18 years of age, a parent loses their right to make decisions on behalf of the child.  If the child is disabled and unable to make their own decisions, a parent needs to become the court-approved guardian to continue to make choices for their child’s welfare — like making medical, education…

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Upcoming IDignity Events in Central Florida

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