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Free legal clinic for seniors returns to downtown Fort Myers library

The words "LAW AT THE LIBRARY" and the Lee County Legal Aid Society placed over a background, which is a line of books on a shelf.

Lee County Legal Aid Society hosts ‘Law At the Library’ for county residents ages 50 and older; 20-minute individual consultations available on any topic

The return of hurricane season to Southwest Florida is bringing a more welcome arrival to Lee County: a free legal clinic for area seniors in need of no-cost, limited legal advice on civil matters.

Nearly two years after Hurricane Ian, that includes a discussion on how to pursue legal remedies for those dealing with contractor fraud and post-disaster insurance claims.

Law at the Library is a quarterly conversation sponsored by Lee County Legal Aid Society with support from AARP Foundation.

The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Fort Myers Regional Library meeting room, 1651 Lee St., Fort Myers, and is open to Lee County residents ages 50 and older.

The event will begin with light refreshments, followed by a panel presentation by local attorneys on several topics in civil law of interest to seniors.

The panel’s 30-minute presentation will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session and then 20-minute individual appointments on any legal issue, excluding criminal cases, beginning at 10 a.m.

Advance registration is required. Participants should email Nanci@leecountylegalaid.org or call 239-334-6118 and provide contact information, a brief description of the legal advice being sought, and any relevant documents.

Unlike in criminal law, there is no constitutional right to counsel in civil law, which includes landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosures, evictions, probate, debt collection, child custody cases, domestic violence orders of protection and more.

Law at the Library follows a similar series of free legal workshops “Just for Seniors” offered by Lee County Legal Aid Society in prior years through support from The Community Foundation.

For more information on Lee County Legal Aid Society, visit LeeCountyLegalAid.org or call 239-334-6118.

About Lee County Legal Aid Society

Founded in 1967, Lee County Legal Aid Society is a private, nonprofit organization that provides no-cost civil legal aid to low-income residents of Lee County. The organization helps narrow the access to justice gap among those who cannot afford a private attorney in civil cases. In partnership with the Lee County Clerk of the Court, Lee County Legal Aid Society offers free, 20-minute “self-help” legal clinics that pair attorneys in private practice with those in need of legal services.

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