Florida’s Legal Aid Societies are in Grave Danger
Written by Emil Fleysher | October 8, 2014 | Foreclosure
Florida’s legal aid societies are slowing crumbling. This society is in place to assist the poor in battling foreclosures and evictions and collecting government benefits. However, the legal aid societies are in peril. Due to financial cuts from the state, local governments, and the Florida Bar Foundation the organization might not be allowed to remain open for much longer.
There have been lawyers furloughed, as well as pay cuts, in order to allow the program to run for a while longer. It all started once the Federal Reserve lowered the interest rates to nearly nothing. This was a devastation hit since the interests were being used to fund the legal aid groups. Once this happened, the groups had to start tapping on their reserve funds.
Some law groups are better equip to deal with the extreme budget cuts because they are receiving Federal Grants, such as the offices in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough County. While others have had to let go of several attorneys and staff member to accommodate the budget cut. Broward and Collier counties have been one of those groups who’ve had to make drastic cuts and had to disband its housing unit, with the exception of pro-bono cases and foreclosures.
In the U.S. there are three states that do not receive money from its state to fund these legal groups and Florida is one of them. Some of the more populated states such as New York or Texas received at least $40 million for its legal groups.
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