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The Florida Bar News – Aug. 15 Edition: Wellness, Virtual Advice Clinic and Fraudulent Emails

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The August 15 Bar News is now available. Top stories include new Bar special committees, a new virtual legal advice clinic for low-income Floridians, and emal scams targeting attorneys.

PANEL TO FOCUS ON HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF LAWYERS: The board, at its July 21 meeting in Miami, accepted the recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee to create the Special Committee on Mental Health, the Special Committee on Child and Parent Representation, and the Special Committee on Mental Health and Wellness for Florida Lawyers. That latter committee, chaired by board member Dori Foster-Morales, will focus on quality-of-life issues for attorneys.

“We haven’t spent enough time talking about us, meaning mental health and wellness in our lives,” Foster-Morales said. “President [Michael] Higer has made this a priority.”

 

BAR LAUNCHES NEW LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC:  In addition, the August 15 edition highlights the launch of a new virtual legal advice clinic, Florida Free Legal Answers, an effort between The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association.  Florida Free Legal Answers is powered through the internet and accessible 24/7, matching qualifying participants with licensed attorneys who can answer questions related to civil law. Topics may include family law matters such as divorce, child support, adoption and name changes, as well as domestic violence, bankruptcy, consumer issues, education, employment, housing, workers’ compensation, wills, and estate planning.

“The legal system can be a challenging maze to navigate for even the most educated and well-versed,” said Higer. “People often contact legal aid because they do not know anywhere else to turn. Many times, they do not need the full range of services from a lawyer but rather just need answers to a question or two. This program will provide folks in need with readily available lawyers who can answer their questions simply and efficiently.”

 

 

DON’T CLICK THAT LINK: A new warning was issued to Bar members regarding fraudulent emails purportedly sent from Florida Bar staff. The fraudulent emails, which appear to be targeting Florida lawyers, contain unidentified attachments and are suspected of containing malicious software.

 

Read these and other stories featured in the August 15 Bar News here.