Thanks to everyone who came out to our annual fall party yesterday. We had a great time and it was good to see old friends and meet new ones!
An exciting new resource will soon be available in orange county for self-represented parties needing help with family law matters! The Orange County Clerk of Court will be launching a self-help center inside the courthouse to help people with many family law cases (small claims and eviction matters too). The center is designed to help pro-se parties (those not represented by attorneys) with filling out forms, provide notary and copy services as well as attorney consultations.
Since there are tens of thousands of family law cases active in central Florida, many of which are from parties who pro-se, this will likely be a welcome and well used resource for our community.
A potentially big benefit will be that attorneys are going to be available for scheduled consultations in 15 minute increments for only $60 per hour. That is certainly a bargain! I don’t know exactly how that process will work yet, but it appears that the consultations are referred to members of the Orange County Bar Association.
You can visit their website and set an appointment by going to MyOrangeClerk.com/self-help
It looks like you can already setup attorney consultation appointments now. If you use their service, please give us your feedback!
Congratulations to Lori who has been voted the 2015-2016 President of the Central Florida Family Law Inn (of Court). This professional legal organization is designed to promote the highest level of practice and professionalism among its members. Inn members include family law judges, magistrates, practicing attorneys, law professors and law students. Meeting monthly the goal is to socialize, discuss, and debate issues relating to family law ethics and professionalism.
Calling all YLS attorneys (and OCBA members). Please join Lori at the Orange County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers panel discussion on July 10th. Lori will be part of a four person panel discussing business, operating and marketing of law firms which is to be held at the Citrus Club from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. The discussion along with a great three-course lunch is only $10 ($15 for late RSVP’s). RSVP on the OCBA’s website.
The Orange County Clerk of Court is planning to begin opening up electronic records access to courthouse records for everyone, including the public, beginning on June 30th. This is a big change which is designed to allow easy access to a huge volume of records using your computer or internet enabled device. Of course, not all cases and not all documents will be available. Some documents may also be partially redacted.
This new access is due in part to the Florida Supreme Court ending a moratorium on this type of electronic assess and the Orange County Clerk is eager to start.
It is sure to have supporters and those with concerns over such broad and easy access. You can read more about the Online Electronic Records Access program at the Orange County Clerk’s website.