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Justice Carries A Price Tag

A response from CLSMF Executive Director Bill Abbuehl to the December 1st article published in the Daytona Beach News-Journal “Level the playing field in the civil justice system.”

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is a nonprofit law firm that provides access to justice for low-income people. We are continually scrambling for resources to try to meet the overwhelming need in our communities for help with civil legal problems related to basic needs such as food, shelter and safety. In Volusia and Flagler counties, there are more than 143,000 low-income residents who are eligible for our services, but we can only serve a small fraction, about 2,300 a year. These are seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities — often our neighbors, co-workers, family and friends — who are facing major life issues such as losing a home to foreclosure, consumer scam rip-offs, or domestic violence.

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