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New Initiative Launched by Central Florida’s Senior Resource Alliance

As families gather to celebrate the holidays, Central Florida’s Senior Resource Alliance has launched a new initiative to help prevent relatives from passing along COVID-19 to their elderly and vulnerable loved ones. To encourage vaccination and booster shots, the nonprofit agency is providing free transportation to vaccination sites, coordinating appointments, running a vaccine information hotline…

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Seminole County Legal Aid Honored With St. Martin de Porres Award

Our nonprofit organization was awarded the prestigious St. Martin de Porres award by the Catholic Attorney Guild for our tireless efforts to provide legal assistance and hope to the poor. The ceremony was held at St. James Cathedral during the Red Mass on November 4, 2021.  St Martin de Porres is the patron saint of…

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Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Order No.:21-11 6th Amended Supersedes 21-11 5th Amended. Effective October 19, 2021.

In Re: ADMINISTRATIVE RULES – Covid-19 Procedures

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Amendment to Chapter 825 – Effective July 2021.

The courts have a new tool to protect financial exploitation of elderly persons and disabled adults. Effective July 2021, an amendment to Chapter 825 creates a civil cause of action for an injunction for protection against exploitation of a “vulnerable person.” Prior to 1973, Florida law did not distinguish between the terms “competent” and “diminished…

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New Webpage for Self-Represented Litigants

Seminole County Clerk of Court has created a new webpage to help pro-se litigants. This new website will replace Form A and provide direct links to aid self-represented litigants with filing to the court. In addition, The Seminole County Clerk of Court will also offer kiosks that will have a direct link to the Family…

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Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Order No.:21-34-S

In Re:  JUDGES – Caseload Assignment – Reassignment of Cases Assigned to Judge Fred Schott

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Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Order No.:21-33-S

In Re:  JUDGES – Caseload Assignment – Reassignment of Cases to Judge Christopher

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: New Rent Assistance Tool

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched a new rent assistance tool to help tenants and landlords find help in their specific location. The new device will enable users to filter assistance programs by location to find support near them. This new tool was released just three days before the first initial expiration date for…

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2021 Health Insurance Available Through the Health Care Marketplace.

Aug. 15 is the final day to apply for 2021 health insurance available through the Health Care Marketplace. The private insurance option of what is often called Obamacare. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Congress has temporarily increased subsidies for individuals, lowering the costs of most plans. That’s a result of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue…

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Sealing & Expungement Is Back!

Do you have, or know of anyone who has, an arrest on your record that did not result in a conviction? You may be eligible to have your criminal record sealed or expunged. We have partnered with Goodwill Industries of Central Florida to provide information and education about the sealing or expungement process. We are…

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Seminole County Opens Computer Lab to Help Residents Apply for Rental/Mortgage Aid

Seminole County opened a computer lab on Monday to help residents apply for rental, utility and mortgage assistance, a recognition of the “digital divide” that exists within the region. Located in Sanford at 520 W. Lake Mary Boulevard, the center has five stations with a computer and scanner and has staff on site to help…

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Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

The tax holiday will be taking place this year between July 31, 2021 and August 9, 2021.

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Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Order No.: 21-02-S Amended Supersedes 21-02-S

In Re: Judges – Division and Case Assignments

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Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Order No.: 21-03 3rd Amended Supersedes 21-03 2nd Amended

In Re: Judges – Administrative Judges

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Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Order No.: 21-04 Amended Supersedes 21-04

In Re: Judges – Appointment of Circuit Judges to Handle County Court Cases in Certain Situations

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Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Administrative Order No.:21-25 Amended Supersedes 21-05

In Re:  Judges – Appointment of County Court Judges to Handle Circuit Cases in Certain Situations

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CDC Moratorium on Evictions Extended to July 31, 2021.

Please click here to view the order released by the Centers for Disease Control

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Legal Survival Guide for Teens and Young Adults by the Florida Bar

“Once you turn 18 years old, you are legally considered an adult in this country. But what does that actually mean? From the right to cast your vote in the next election to entering into a lease for your first apartment to serving on a jury, you are about to enter a new and exciting…

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Thank You United Way

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OUR Florida Rental Assistance Program Launches

The portal provides qualified renters with relief on unpaid rent/utility bills and supports landlords/utilities with relief on lost revenue. Click here to view qualifications and the application process.

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Free Weekly Credit Reports

Checking your credit report regularly is key to helping in protecting personally identifiable information (PIP) and managing financial data. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the three (3) national credit reporting agencies – Equifax, Experian, and Transunion – allowed individuals to check their credit report for free. This weekly access was supposed to end April of…

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Sales Tax Free Holiday Dates – Florida 2021

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 28 to June 6, 2021 For disaster preparedness supplies. Including flashlights and lanterns costing $40 or less, radios costing $50 or less, tarps costing $100 or less, coolers costing $60 or less, batteries costing $50 or less; and generators costing $1,000 or less.   NEW Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday…

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Benefits for our Pro Bono Volunteers

    For further information, please contact the Pro Bono Coordinator, Maria Machado at coordinator@scbalas.com or 407-834-1660 ext 108.

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Seminole County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Seminole County Emergency Rental Assistance Program is still available. See the Emergency Rental Assistance Flyer. To see if you are eligible, click on the eligibility checklist flyer . For more information on eligibility criteria, and to apply, please click here.   Please call (877) 573-9375 for assistance with your application.

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Stimulus Payments and the basics of tax filing Information

Information provided by Florida’s Children First and Florida Youth Shine relating to Stimulus Payments and the basics of tax filing.  The information also addresses how to check on the Third Stimulus Payment and what to do if one did not receive the first two payments.  

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