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Community Legal Services Named Top Place to Work

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida has been named for the third consecutive yearas one of the top places to work in Florida by Florida Trend for 2013. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) was also named by the Non Profit Times 2012 as one of the Top 50 Best Non Profit Companies to Work For.

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Children’s legal services in dire need of funding

Recently, the Florida Bar Foundation featured the work of CLSMF attorneys in Daytona Beach and highlighted the need to support CLSMF and other organizations that provide free legal services to families with special needs children.  Here in Central Florida, CLSMF is the only legal services organization with a program designed to provide the parents of special needs … Read More

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Lawyers Fined in Foreclosure Case

When Emmett B. Hagood III’s foreclosure case came before a judge last year, his Orlando lawyers were nowhere to be found. The judge promptly ruled against Hagood, and his home was eventually auctioned off by Wells Fargo. Now an appeals court has fined KEL law firm partner Craig Lynd and staff lawyers Richard W. Withers … Read More

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Combat veterans with PTSD struggle with July 4 holiday

Before he went to war, Lito Santos enjoyed the Fourth of July’s fireworks just as everybody else did: the crowds, the explosions, the oohs and aahs at the blossoming colors in the night sky. Iraq changed all that. When he returned in 2005, U.S. Army Sgt. Santos was minus his right leg, amputated at the hip due … Read More

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Community Legal Services Offering Help With Foreclosure

Ocala, Fla. — The economy may be recovering, but many are still suffering as shown by the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The unemployment rate released Friday shows more people in Alachua and Marion counties are unemployed. In Alachua, May’s 5.3% unemployment rate is up half a percent from April. In … Read More

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Florida officials announce details to halt public-assistance fraud

Florida officials are cracking down on those who rip off taxpayers by defrauding public-assistance programs — a crime estimated to cost the state as much as $1.35 billion last year. On Tuesday, leaders from the Department of Children and Families — which handles the bulk of applications for food stamps, cash to needy families and … Read More

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Judge grants foreclosure of hundreds of run-down Orlando apartments

A state judge on Friday granted the foreclosure of seven west Orlando apartment complexes with hundreds of units, the latest twist in the long-running story of some of the city’s most run-down housing. Circuit Judge Alice Blackwell ruled that the apartments’ owner — companies controlled by father and son Salomon and Jim Yuken of Miami — had … Read More

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