CFO Alex Sink's Consumer eViews Newsletter

Volume 5 Number 31 August 1, 2008

CONSUMER SERVICES HELPLINE 877-MY-FL-CFO

 

Left to right, CFO Sink, Peggy Rolando, Dionne Meyers and Adele Stone at the RPPTL luncheon

CFO SINK JOINS WITH THE FLORIDA BAR ON A STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN TO HELP FLORIDIANS FACING FORECLOSURE

“It takes a lawyer.”

That was the advice CFO Alex Sink heard last year from April Charney – an attorney at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid who had been working on behalf of Floridians facing foreclosure.  CFO Sink participated in a meeting with Charney, other attorneys and community leaders at the offices of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid to discuss what could be done to help Floridians who were about to lose their homes.

With Florida ranked number two in the nation in foreclosure rates, CFO Sink challenged the Bar to launch a statewide campaign to provide pro bono services to Floridians facing foreclosure.

The Florida Bar answered CFO Sink’s call for help by launching a toll free hotline and coordinated statewide pro bono campaign. The campaign provides attorneys to impacted Floridians to help them negotiate with their lenders. Attorneys across the state are signing up to participate in the program.

“CFO Alex Sink asked for the help of the Florida Bar to address the avalanche of foreclosures facing Florida homeowners,” said Sandra Fascell Diamond, chair of the Real Probate and Trust Law (RPPTL) Section of the Florida Bar. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to assist with the coordination of the efforts of volunteer attorneys in this task. We hope to help individual owners and their families find a way to keep their homes.”

This week, CFO Sink traveled to Palm Beach to thank the RPPTL Section of the Florida Bar for their efforts in starting the program.

“This is an incredible statewide effort, and you are making a real difference to help Floridians during these difficult economic times,” CFO Sink said to the approximately five hundred attorneys at the Bar meeting. “I commend each of you who are giving your time to help.”

Floridians who need legal assistance through the program can call the free telephone hotline, 1-866-607-2187. The program is coordinated by the Florida Bar, the Florida Bar Foundation and Florida Legal Services.

Lawyers interested in volunteering for volunteering should visit the Bar’s pro bono website at: http://www.floridaprobono.org.