Florida Bar Foundation allocates up to $500K for civil legal aid after hurricane, establishes fund
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The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors has approved allocating up to $500,000 to support legal organizations after Hurricane Irma.
The money can be spent to repair building damage, cover equipment losses and help clients with hurricane-related legal issues, according to a press release. The bar foundation has also created the Florida Hurricane Legal Aid Fund to collect donations for civil legal assistance for victims of Hurricane Irma and any hurricanes that follow.
in addition, the foundation has created a “storm aid” website providing links to volunteer opportunities for Florida lawyers. The website also provides links to FloridaLawHelp.org, where Florida residents can find their local legal aid organization, and a link to Florida Free Legal Answers where Floridians can post civil legal questions to be answered by volunteer lawyers.
The bar foundation funding for civil legal aid comes from Florida’s share of a legal settlement between Bank of America, the Justice Department and six states.