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Legal Aid in Florida Pamphlet

Table of Contents
Legal Service - Legal Aid

What Is The History Of Legal Aid?

How Is Legal Aid Financed?

What Do Legal Services Lawyers Do?

What Cases Are Handled By Legal Services Offices?

What Will The Legal Services Cost?

Who Can Apply For Legal Services?

Where Are Legal Services Offices Located?

By County: A-B, C-D, E-F, G-H, I-J, L, M-N, O-P, S-T, U-W


Note: This pamphlet is available online only.

LEGAL SERVICE - LEGAL AID

The U.S. Constitution guarantees equal justice under the law, but those words mean little unless everyone has access to our legal system.

If you have a civil legal problem but cannot afford to hire a private lawyer, you may have access to the legal system through your local legal services/legal aid organization, which provides free or low cost legal services to people with low incomes.




WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF LEGAL AID?

Providing access to legal representation to those in need has been a tradition in this country. Earlier programs operated by volunteer lawyers from local bar associations were called legal aid societies.

Later, a federal effort to provide funds for legal counsel to the needy began in the mid-1960s. The federal government established, within the Office of Economic Opportunity, an Office of Legal Services to distribute federal money to local programs called Legal Services Organizations. These programs were transferred to the Legal Services Corporation, created by Congress in 1975.

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HOW IS LEGAL AID FINANCED?

Today in Florida, legal aid societies and legal services organizations in various counties are multi-sponsored and funded by federal, state and local governments, The Florida Bar Foundation, The Florida Bar, local bar associations and special grants. Florida is divided into seven regions, each having programs that receive LSC funding as well as programs that do not receive LSC funding, but are funded by other sources, and thus able to accept a broader range of cases. Both programs work toward the common goal of equal justice and legal representation for all under the legal system.
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WHAT DO LEGAL SERVICES LAWYERS DO?

Lawyers in a legal services office provide the same legal services as any other attorney. They can advise and represent you in most areas of civil law, although each program has priorities for the types of cases it will take.

Because the number of people demanding legal services exceeds the staff and money available to handle cases, legal services offices limit the types of cases taken.

Criminal cases are not handled, because the state provides public defenders to represent people accused of criminal actions who cannot afford private attorneys.

Also, the legal services offices generally do not deal with cases in which a person is seeking money as a settlement. In such cases, a private attorney usually will represent a client without any initial charge, collecting a fee only if the client's case is won. Then the attorney's fee is a percentage of the client's settlement. This is called a contingency fee.

You should check with the office in your community if you have questions about the types of cases handled.

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WHAT CASES ARE HANDLED BY LEGAL SERVICES OFFICES?

The following are only a few examples of the types of cases usually handled:

● Civil Issues


● Consumer


● Divorce


● Domestic violence


● Education


● Family law


● Foreclosure defense


● Health welfare


● Immigration issues


● Landlord/tenant


● Public benefits


● Senior benefits


● Social Security
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WHAT WILL THE LEGAL SERVICES COST?

Most legal services offices offer their assistance free of charge to people who qualify. Some areas have Low-Fee Panels for people with low fixed incomes.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR LEGAL SERVICES?

Free legal services are meant for people of low income who cannot afford the services of an attorney. Many programs have different standards, and you will have to check with your community office to find out if you qualify. Some offices base their eligibility only on income, while others will consider ownership of property and size of family. It is important that you call your legal assistance provider to learn whether you qualify.
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WHERE ARE LEGAL SERVICES OFFICES LOCATED?

It is difficult to keep a list up to date, so if you should have a problem in contacting an office, you can do an internet search for legal aid by county or contact a local bar association. Below is a list by county:

Alachua

Americans
for Immigrant Justice - Miami Office - Miami, (305) 573-1106, http://www.aijustice.org/

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid - (904) 356-8371, (904) 353-1320 V/TTY, Video, toll-free (866) 356-8371,
www.jaxlegalaid.org

Three Rivers Legal Services Inc. - (352) 372-0519, toll-free (866) 256-8091, www.trls.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Baker

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid - (904) 356-8371, (904) 353-1320 V/TTY, Video, toll-free (866) 356-8371, www.jaxlegalaid.org

Three Rivers Legal Services Inc. - (904) 394-7450, toll-free
(866) 256-8091, www.trls.org

Bay

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Services of North Florida Inc. - Panama City, (850) 769-3581,
www.lsnf.org

Bradford (see Alachua County)

Brevard

Bay Area Legal Services Inc. - Tampa, (813) 232-1343,
www.bals.org

Brevard County Legal Aid Inc. - Rockledge, (321) 631-2500,
www.brevardcountylegalaid.org

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. – Daytona Beach, (386) 255-6573, toll-free (800) 405-1417, www.clsmf.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Broward

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida Inc. - Plantation, (954) 736–2400,
www.legalaid.org

FIU College of Law Educational Advocacy Clinic – Miami, (305) 348-7541


Americans for Immigrant Justice - Miami Office - Miami, (305) 573-1106,
http://www.aijustice.org/

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Aid Service of Broward County Inc. - Plantation, (954) 765-8950,
http://www.browardlegalaid.org/
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Calhoun

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Services of North Florida Inc. - Quincy, (850) 875-9881,
www.lsnf.org

Charlotte

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Fort Myers, (239) 334-4554,
www.frls.org

Florida Rural Legal Services - Punta Gorda, (941) 505-9007,
www.frls.org

Citrus

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. - Inverness, (352) 726-8512, toll-free (800) 405-1417,
www.clsmf.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Clay

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc. - Green Cove Springs, (904) 284-8410,
www.jaxlegalaid.org

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc. - Jacksonville, (904) 356-8371, (904) 353-1320 V/TTY, Video,
www.jaxlegalaid.org

Three Rivers Legal Services Inc. - Jacksonville, (904) 394-7450, toll-free
(866) 256-8091, www.trls.org

Collier

Americans for Immigrant Justice - Miami Office - Miami, (305) 573-1106,
http://www.aijustice.org/

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Fort Myers, (239) 334-4554,
www.frls.org

Legal Aid Society of Collier County Inc. - Immokalee, (239) 657-7442,
http://www.collierlegalaid.org/

Legal Aid Society of Collier County Inc. - Naples, (239) 775-4555,
http://www.collierlegalaid.org/

Columbia

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Three Rivers Legal Services Inc. - Lake City, (386) 752-5960,
toll-free (866) 256-8091, www.trls.org

DeSoto

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Fort Myers, (239) 334-4554,
www.frls.org

Florida Rural Legal Services - Lakeland, (863) 688-7376,
www.frls.org

Dixie (see Columbia County)

Duval

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc. - Jacksonville, (904) 356-8371, (904) 353-1320 V/TTY, Video,
www.jaxlegalaid.org

Three Rivers Legal Services Inc. - Jacksonville, (904) 394-7450,
toll-free (866) 256-8091, www.trls.org
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Escambia

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Services of North Florida Inc. - Pensacola, (850) 432-8222,
www.lsnf.org

Northwest Florida Legal Services Inc. - Pensacola, (850) 432-2336,
www.nwfls.org

Flagler

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. - Palatka, (386) 328-8361, toll-free (800) 405-1417,
www.clsmf.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Franklin

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Services of North Florida Inc. - Tallahassee, (850) 385-9007,
www.lsnf.org
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Gadsden

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Services of North Florida Inc. - Quincy, (850) 875-9881,
www.lsnf.org

Gilchrist (see Alachua County)

Glades

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Fort Myers, (239) 334-4554,
www.frls.org

Gulf (see Bay County)

Hamilton (see Columbia County)

Hardee

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. - Tavares, (352) 352-0815, toll-free (800) 405-1417,
www.clsmf.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Lakeland, (863) 688-7376,
www.frls.org

Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society Inc. - Bartow, (863) 519-5663,
http://www.hofla.org/

Hendry

Americans for Immigrant Justice - Miami Office - Miami, (305) 573-1106,
http://www.aijustice.org/

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Belle Glade, (561) 993-0003,
www.frls.org

Florida Rural Legal Services - Fort Myers, (239) 334-4554,
www.frls.org

Hernando

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. - Inverness, (352) 726-8512, toll-free (800) 405-1417,
www.clsmf.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Highlands

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Lakeland, (863) 688-7376,
www.frls.org

Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society Inc. - Sebring, (863) 519-5663,
http://www.hofla.org/

Hillsborough

Bay Area Legal Services Inc. - Tampa, (813) 864-2280,
www.bals.org

Bay Area Legal Services Inc. - Plant City, (813) 752-1335,
www.bals.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Holmes (see Bay County)
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Indian River

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Fort Pierce, (772) 466-4766,
www.frls.org

Jackson (see Gadsden County)

Jefferson

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. - Tallahassee, (850) 385-9007,
www.lsnf.org
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Lafayette (see Columbia County)

Lake

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. - Tavares, (352) 343-0815, toll-free (800) 405-1417,
www.clsmf.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Lee

Americans for Immigrant Justice - Miami Office - Miami, (305) 573-1106,
http://www.aijustice.org/

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Fort Myers, (239) 334-4554,
www.frls.org

Lee County Legal Aid Society Inc. - Fort Myers, (239) 334-6118,
http://leecountylegalaid.org/old/

Leon

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association Inc. - Tallahassee, (850) 222-3004,
http://www.legalaidtallahassee.org/

Legal Services of North Florida Inc. - Tallahassee, (850) 385-9007,
www.lsnf.org

Levy (see Alachua County)

Liberty (see Gadsden County)
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Madison (see Columbia County)

Manatee

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc. - Bradenton, (941) 746-6151,
www.gulfcoastlegal.org

Legal Aid of Manasota Inc. - Bradenton, (941) 747-1628,
http://www.legalaidofmanasota.org/

Marion

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. - Ocala, (352) 629-0105,
www.clsmf.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Martin

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Fort Pierce, (772) 466-4766,
www.frls.org

Miami Dade

FIU College of Law Educational Advocacy Clinic - Miami, (305) 348-7541

Americans for Immigrant Justice - Miami Office - Miami, (305) 573-1106,
http://www.aijustice.org/

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Guardianship Program for Dade County Inc. - Miami, (305) 592-7642,
www.guardianshipprogram.org

Legal Aid Society of Dade County Bar Association - Miami, (305) 579-5733 (also use this number for Florida City, Homestead and Miami Beach),
website

Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc. - Miami, (305) 232-9680,
www.lsgmi.org

Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc. - Florida City, (305) 576-0080,
www.lsgmi.org

Monroe

Americans for Immigrant Justice - Miami Office - Miami, (305) 573-1106,
http://www.aijustice.org/

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc. - Key West, (305) 292-3566,
www.lsgmi.org

Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc. - Miami, (305) 576-0080,
www.lsgmi.org

Nassau

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions), - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc. – Jacksonville, (904) 356-8371, (904) 353-1320 V/TTY, Video,
www.jaxlegalaid.org

Three Rivers Legal Services Inc. - Jacksonville, (904) 394-7450, toll-free
(866) 256-8091, www.trls.org
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Okaloosa

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. - Fort Walton Beach, (850) 862-3279,
www.lsnf.org

Okeechobee

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Fort Pierce, (772) 466-4766,
www.frls.org

Orange

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. - Orlando, (407) 841-7777, toll-free (800) 405-1417,
www.clsmf.org

Florida Institutional Legal Services Inc. - Gainesville, (352) 375-2494, or email
fils@bellsouth.net

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association Inc. - Orlando, (407) 841-8310,
www.legalaidocba.org

Osceola

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. - Kissimmee, (407) 847-0053, toll-free (800) 405-1417,
www.clsmf.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Palm Beach

Americans for Immigrant Justice - Miami Office - Miami, (305) 573-1106,
http://www.aijustice.org/

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Belle Glade, (561) 993-0003,
www.frls.org

Florida Rural Legal Services - West Palm Beach, (561) 820-8902,
www.frls.org

Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County Inc. - West Palm Beach, (561) 655-8944,
www.legalaidpbc.org

Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County Inc. - Belle Glade, (561) 993-3836,
www.legalaidpbc.org

Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County Inc. - West Palm Beach, (561) 833-5787,
www.legalaidpbc.org

Pasco

Bay Area Legal Services Inc. - Dade City, (352) 567-9044,
www.bals.org

Bay Area Legal Services Inc. - New Port Richey, (727) 847-5494,
www.bals.org

Bay Area Legal Services Inc. - Tampa, (813) 232-1343,
www.bals.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Pinellas

Bay Area Legal Services Inc. - St. Petersburg, (800) 625-2257,
www.bals.org

Community Law Program - St. Petersburg, (727) 582-7480,
www.lawprogram.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc. - Clearwater, (727) 443-0657,
www.gulfcoastlegal.org

Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc. - St. Petersburg, (727) 821-0726,
www.gulfcoastlegal.org

Polk

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Lakeland, (863) 688-7376,
www.frls.org

Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society Inc. - Bartow, (863) 519-5663,
http://www.hofla.org/

Putnam (see Flagler County)
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St. Johns

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. - Daytona Beach, (386) 255-6573, toll-free (800) 405-1417,
www.clsmf.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc. - Jacksonville, (904) 356-8371, (904) 353-1320 V/TTY, Video,
www.jaxlegalaid.org

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc. - St. Augustine, (904) 827-9921,
www.jaxlegalaid.org

Three Rivers Legal Services Inc. - Jacksonville, (904) 394-7450, toll-free
(866) 256-8091, www.trls.org

St. Lucie

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Florida Rural Legal Services - Fort Pierce, (772) 466-4766,
www.frls.org

Santa Rosa

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Services of North Florida Inc. - Pensacola, (850) 432-8222,
www.lsnf.org

Northwest Florida Legal Services Inc. - Milton, (850) 432-2336,
www.nwfls.org

Sarasota

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc. - Sarasota, (941) 366-1746,
www.gulfcoastlegal.org

Legal Aid of Manasota Inc. - Sarasota, (941) 366-0038,
http://www.legalaidofmanasota.org/

Legal Aid of Manasota Inc. - Venice, (941) 492-4631,
http://www.legalaidofmanasota.org/

Seminole

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. - Sanford, (407) 322-8983, toll-free (800) 405-1417,
www.clsmf.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society Inc. - Longwood, (407) 834-1660,
www.scbalas.org

Sumter (see Citrus County)

Suwannee (see Columbia County)

Taylor (see Columbia County)
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Union (see Alachua County)

Volusia

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Inc. - Daytona Beach, (386) 255-6573, toll-free (800) 405-1417,
www.clsmf.org

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Wakulla

Florida Justice Institute (cases concerning incarceration and conditions) - Miami, (305) 358-2081,
http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Legal Services of North Florida Inc. - Tallahassee, (850) 385-9007,
www.lsnf.org

Walton (see Okaloosa County)

Washington (see Bay County)


The material in this pamphlet represents general legal advice. Since the law is continually changing, some provisions in this pamphlet may be out of date. It is always best to consult an attorney about your legal rights and responsibilities regarding your particular case.
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[Revised: 05/16]