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Stories of Justice: Legal Aid for the Disabled

Jane* has a serious illness and partial paralysis which requires treatment and a level of care that can only be provided in an assisted living facility. Her costs are covered by payments made directly to the facility from Medicaid and Social Security. Although the facility was accepting payment for approximately three years, they claimed that her medical bill was not satisfied and filed an eviction action against her. Assisted living facilities are not covered by... Read More

Profile in Good: CCLA Attorney Berbeth Foster

Berbeth has been a staff attorney in the Senior Citizen Law Project of Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida since July 2010.  She litigates consumer rights issues dealing with mortgage foreclosure defense; debt collection related to condominium fees, credit card debt, auto deficiency collection and others; fraud and bankruptcy.  In the last two years, Berbeth has rescued her clients from $205,000 of debt.  She also regularly conducts various community outreach events to familiarize... Read More

Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: Nicole Avila

Nicole has been an active pro bono attorney with Broward Lawyers Care and Legal Aid since 2015. She is the founder of Avila Law PLLC, focusing her practice solely on immigration law to help her clients achieve their “American Dream.” Her goal is to help clients find their ideal solution to complex immigration issues. Whether it be filing through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service or defending clients in removal proceedings, Nicole possesses the tools,... Read More

Board Member Spotlight: Tiffany Evans

Tiffany has been an active member of our Collier County Advisory Board since September 2016.  She officially became a member of the joint Board of Directors for LAS/CCLA in 2017. Her passion for community service and helping others began at an early age. Upon graduating high school, she sought out working with and fundraising for nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, ACLU, and Amnesty International. She continued this path throughout college and her adult... Read More

CCLA Welcomes New Family Law Attorney

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) is pleased to welcome Shayna Finkelstein to the Family Law Team. Finkelstein will be working with victims of domestic violence in Broward County. Finkelstein will be working under a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Florida Attorney General’s Office. She will provide counsel to victims of intimate partner violence as a result of physical abuse, stalking, or sexual abuse. Finkelstein’s holistic representation will serve... Read More

No Place Like Home Attorneys Needed!

In partnership with the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law (RPPTL) Section of The Florida Bar and Bay Area Legal Services, Broward Lawyers Care is looking for volunteer attorneys to represent low-income families in clearing titles to their real property or mobile homes. Clear title is key in the event of a disaster and to prevent foreclosure. Interested attorneys can contact Chanel A. Winter, Esq., Pro Bono Coordinator, at cwinter@legalaid.org. Training/mentoring will be provided. We... Read More

Sponsor Spotlight: Valley National Bank

Valley National Bank is a longtime supporter and partner of Legal Aid programs. Serving the needs of local communities is at the heart of how Valley National Bank does business. They are completely dedicated and vested in success for our clients and are an amazing agent for good. We thank you. 

Board Member Spotlight: Annabella Barboza

Annabella joined the Board in Jan. 2018 and is a shareholder at Barboza Law & Associates. Annabella is among a select number of Florida attorneys that are Board Certified in Real Estate Law. She is deeply committed to public service and has dedicated tireless hours to pro bono representation and promoting free legal clinics for the less fortunate in South Florida.