Lee County Legal Aid Society received $10,000 from the Lee County Bar Association Foundation to fund the “Legal Advice at the Lee Clerk’s Self-Help Center” program which provides free, 20-minute legal consultations on a variety of civil matters.
The donation will cover expenses including personnel, supplies, and the costs related to direct legal representation for a few compelling cases each year.
“We are grateful to the Lee County Bar Association Foundation for their generous donation which enables Lee County Legal Aid Society to offer those seeking counsel a basic understanding of their legal matter and options for how to best navigate their situation,” said Andrew Banyai, executive director, Lee County Legal Aid Society. “Not only do our services benefit those who can’t afford representation, but they help alleviate the drain of resources and time for judges and magistrates who might otherwise deal with litigants unable to properly file paperwork and those unfamiliar with courtroom protocols. The more we can educate and inform, the better for our legal system and those seeking justice.”
In addition, the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades also provides $9,000 annually to the Self-Help Center.
The weekly Self-Help Center meetings are hosted online by attorneys, and staff members of the Lee County Legal Aid Society maintain notes and demographics on each person seen, as well as providing the pro-bono service tracking for the attorneys and volunteer hours for law students who work in the background providing research for the consultations.
About Lee County Legal Aid Society
Lee County Legal Aid Society Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization that provides free legal aid to low-income residents of Lee County. Established on March 27, 1967, Lee County Legal Aid Society is a community-based agency with a team of professionals who act as legal representatives, counselors, community supporters and educational providers to seek justice for those who need it most. The Legal Aid Society is managed by an executive director and overseen by a board of directors. The staff consists of attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants and intake specialists, and the organization receives vital assistance from volunteers. For more information, visit https://www.leecountylegalaid.org/.