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Consumer:

Low-income families have many consumer related problems for which they need legal assistance to maintain their fragile financial situation. Attorneys are needed to assist in Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcies, car repossessions, deficiency judgments, used car sales, repair disputes, debt and contract disputes. About 100 consumer cases were referred last year to pro bono attorneys in these areas.

Family:

Families most requested need for services is in family law cases. We concentrate our efforts on protecting domestic violence survivors. We provide legal services primarily in initiating and defending dissolution of marriage with custody, child support, and domestic violence issues. We handle a limited number of other paternity/custody disputes, enforcement of support and post judgment custody disputes. There are an increasing number of relatives who are seeking guardianship cases for adults and Chapter 751/Temporary Custody for minor children. Last year we helped over 200 families in this area with pro bono attorneys.

Housing:

Low-income families have a number of legal problems related to their housing. We need pro bono attorneys to help in eviction defense of a private landlord/tenant rentals. We also have clients who need help in disputes over conditions of their rental unit, in mortgage foreclosures, in boundary disputes, and in fraudulent transfers, all of which relate to the homestead of the client. Pro bono attorneys helped over 100 families in this area last year.

 
Guardian ad Litem:

We have a unique program that serves children in Orange County. Pro bono attorneys and lay volunteers serve as advocates for children in the juvenile, criminal and domestic relations division of the circuit court. The majority of cases involve abused, abandoned, and neglected children who are the subject of juvenile dependency cases. GALs are appointed in juvenile delinquency and criminal division cases to represent the child victim or witness. Occasionally a GAL is appointed to a minor defendant in a delinquency case to provide best interest representation, not to serve as the child’s attorney in the delinquency matter. The role of the GAL and the GAL Volunteer Assistant is to serve as the "eyes and ears" of the Court and to advocate for the best interests of the child. Currently about 1200 children in Orange County are represented through the Guardian ad Litem Program. Approximately 400 attorneys and lay volunteers participate. Training, manuals and staff support services are available. For more information about the Guardian ad Litem Program, please contact Susan Khoury, Program Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Miscellaneous:

Additional areas of law such as immigration, unemployment compensation, non-profit incorporation, appellate, health, and social security, are also referred.

 
Support Services:

We have manuals and forms for many of these cases, and offer trainings and staff attorney assistance. We can reimburse certain litigation costs such as witness fees, postage and long distance calls. Our office provides malpractice insurance primary coverage for pro bono cases.

Meet the Referral Department Staff.

For more information please contact Cathy Tucker, Pro Bono Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

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