Two pieces of news provide a flicker of hope amid the doom and gloom.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 26 -- The Florida Bar issued the following news release:
Do you need an attorney? The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service Online may be able to help. The Lawyer Referral Service Online is a public service program offered by The Florida Bar that facilitates access to legal services by pairing consumers in 46 Florida counties with local attorneys. The online service is available 24/7 through The Florida Bar's website and provides referrals to attorneys practicing in 115 areas of law. Consumers are referred to one of more than 700 participating attorneys who have agreed to provide clients with a half-hour consultation for a fee of no more than $25. The Lawyer Referral Service Online can be accessed through www.floridabar.org, under the section titled "For the Public."
All attorneys participating in the service are members in good standing with The Florida Bar and carry no less than $100,000 in professional liability insurance. To date, 161,053 referrals have been made since the online program was launched in August 2003. The Florida Bar first instituted the statewide Lawyer Referral Service in 1972.
The program also offers a Low Fee Panel and an Elderly Panel for those who qualify. Attorneys participating in these special panels provide a free half-hour consultation and reduced rates on subsequent legal fees.
The 46 counties covered by The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service Online do not have lawyer referral programs sponsored by their local bar associations. Counties served instead by their local bar associations are: Broward, Pinellas, Collier, Miami-Dade, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Hillborough, Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, Lee, Orange, Palm Beach, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla. To find contact numbers for the local bar associations providing their own Lawyer Referral Services, visit the Coverage Areas page. (http://www.floridabar.org/tfb/TFBConsum.nsf/0a92a6dc28e76ae58525700a005d0d53/2d2abb1f846d13a9852574a500635941?OpenDocument)
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