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Facing an Eviction? Learn the Basics and Find Resources

Note: The purpose of this article is solely to share general information about evictions. This article is not meant to provide legal advice. Please seek legal or professional advice when dealing with an eviction. The consequences of the pandemic have hit our communities hard, not only as a matter public health, but also financially. Many people are out of work and have not been able to pay their rents. Florida’s state eviction and foreclosure moratorium... Read More

LOCAL 10’S MY FUTURE, MY CHOICE LIFETIME AWARD GIVEN TO TONY KARRAT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID SERVICE OF BROWARD COUNTY

LOCAL 10’S MY FUTURE, MY CHOICE LIFETIME AWARD GIVEN TO TONY KARRAT During WPLG-ABC Local 10’s My Future, My Choice Annual LIFE Awards on October 19, Legal Aid Service of Broward County’s Executive Director Tony Karrat was awarded the prestigious LIFEtime Award. The honor was in recognition of his lifetime of work supporting Legal Aid programs in Broward County, and providing access to justice to the most underserved members of the community. This was the... Read More

Story of Justice: Charlie Works Out a Parenting Plan

Charlie Works Out a Parenting Plan Background Charlie*, a veteran, and his wife separated several years ago. Charlie remained in Broward County, and his wife and daughter moved to California. For years, Charlie had only spoken to his daughter over the phone as he could not afford to travel. During one of these calls, Charlie discovered that his now teenage daughter was moving to Central America to live with her maternal grandparents. Assistance Afraid that... Read More

Story of Justice: Veteran Luis, Fights for His Disability Benefits

Veteran Luis, Fights for His Disability Benefits Background Luis* served honorably in the United States Navy from 2003 through 2005. Unfortunately, due to severe mental health issues, with time, Luis became reclusive and homeless. For about a year, he stopped attending his VA healthcare appointments and did not receive his mail. Due to these reasons, the VA terminated his service-connected disability benefits. Assistance Attorneys with the Mission United Veterans Pro Bono got involved with the... Read More

Story of Justice: Jamie Gets Help With His PTSD

Jamie Gets Help With His PTSD Background Jamie* served in the United States Army for five years including multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. After his discharge from the Army, Jamie worked contract jobs overseas until returning to South Florida. Once back in Florida, Jamie began to experience severe symptoms of PTSD, which caused him to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. Assistance Ultimately, he ended up in the criminal justice system and made his... Read More

Story of Justice: Leonard Faces an Eviction During the Pandemic

Leonard Faces an Eviction During the Pandemic Background A veteran by the name of Leonard fell behind on rent payments due to the financial impact associated with COVID-19. In the last week of September 2020, Governor DeSantis decided not to extend Executive Order 20-211 and the Governor’s moratorium was lifted. Why it Matters After the Florida Governor’s moratorium was lifted, the landlord filed an eviction action to remove Leonard from the property for non-payment of... Read More

Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: Nicole R. Topper, Esq.

Nicole R. Topper, Esq. Nicole R. Topper, Esq. is a Partner and Chair of Blank Rome’s Florida Offices. Since 2015, Nicole’s team at Blank Rome has taken 15 pro bono cases for Legal Aid Service of Broward County and the Mission United Veterans Pro Bono Project helping Veterans in areas such as landlord-tenant disputes, consumer issues, and civil litigation matters. Part Pro Bono-Superhero, part all-star attorney, Nicole concentrates her practice on various litigation matters, including... Read More

Story of Justice: Alina faces eviction

Alina came to us with an eviction complaint Background When all members of Alina’s* household lost their jobs because of of COVID-19, Alina was left as the sole breadwinner. Unfortunately, her sole income was not enough to provide for her family and make rent payments. Alina came to us for legal assistance after her landlord filed an eviction complaint and a claim for $8,000 of un-paid rent. Assistance Alina was facing an eviction while taking... Read More
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