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Story of Justice: Eleanor*

Eleanor* is a senior who lives on a fixed income. She and her mother shared title to their home. In 2012, Eleanor’s mother passed away. Since then, Eleanor was unable to qualify for the full homestead exemption and reduction in property taxes. The Property Appraiser’s office told her that she would not receive the full homestead exemption benefit until her mother’s will was probated. Without this benefit, her property taxes increased. She was at risk... Read More

Story of Justice: Hank*

Hank* is a Veteran who was adjudicated totally and permanently disabled in 2016 by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) due to injuries sustained while he was serving our country. When Hank came to Legal Aid to speak with an attorney regarding a different issue, we discovered that the VA had mistakenly been underpaying Hank. After investigating further, we discovered that the Hank was retroactively due nearly three years of partial disability payments. The Legal... Read More

Pro Bono Attorney Spotlight: William Heller, Esq.

William “Bill” Heller is an AV rated attorney and owner of William A. Heller, PA. Mr. Heller was admitted to the Florida Bar and the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1986. Mr. Heller represents persons with disabilities in order to obtain medical and monetary benefits. His clients are applicants for state and federal workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, and Veterans benefits. Mr. Heller gladly helps the Veteran clients, through the... Read More

Board Member Spotlight: Brian Lerner, Esq.

I became involved with LAS and CCLA in 2014 when I joined the board of directors and am now serving my second three-year term. I joined the board because I felt this was a natural extension of my involvement in Pro Bono work, including representation of an individual at trial in regard to claims of discrimination and retaliation against the Department of Homeland Security. I also successfully assisted an elderly individual in having her declared... Read More

B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207 Maurice Berkowitz Summer Fellowship Announced

University of Miami law student Aaron Graubert selected as the 2019 Fellow The B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207 is pleased to announce that Aaron Graubert was selected as their 2019 Maurice Berkowitz Summer Fellow. Graubert spent a six-week fellowship with the Legal Aid Providers in Broward County, Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (LAS). Graubert is a rising third year law student at the University... Read More

Story of Justice: Shirley*

Shirley* is a low-income and disabled senior who contacted CCLA when her husband suddenly stopped paying spousal support. For Shirley, the spousal support was her livelihood. Without it, she was struggling to pay any of her bills – including her rent – and was imminently facing eviction and homelessness. Pro Bono attorney Hilary Creary offered to take Shirley’s case through Broward Lawyers Care. After filing the necessary pleadings, attending multiple hearings, and participating in mediation,... Read More

Story of Justice: Mike*

When Mike* came to Legal Aid he was in a very precarious position. He had been homeless for some time, and during Hurricane Irma he sought safety in a shelter. Like many in the homeless community, he left his belongings hidden when he went to a shelter during the hurricane. When he returned, he found that his belongings, including a Green Card, were washed away by the hurricane. We assisted Mike in obtaining a replacement permanent... Read More

Story of Justice: Roger*

Giving an 81 year old Veteran facing crushing debts a fresh start through Bankruptcy Roger* is an 81 year old Navy Veteran who fell deeply into debt after experiencing several family and health related hardships.  Roger lost his wife a few years ago, and the income she received from social security was lost to the household.  He also had open-heart surgery in the past, and now has to take 7 pills daily.  He has incurred... Read More