FAMU Law Fellows And Partners Provide Support To Eatonville Families With Heirs’ Property Issues

Left to Right: Darlene Bell-Alexander, Sr. Managing Attorney, Real Property Rights Protection, Community Legal Services; Alec Rose, Heirs’ Property Fellow, FAMU Law; Morgan Cardinal, Managing Attorney Fair Housing, Community Legal Services; Madison Flanagan, Heirs’ Property Fellow, FAMU Law; Maria Blandon, Program Compliance Manager, H.E.L.P. CDC; and Nicole Oriol H.E.L.P. CDC Deputy Executive Director

Photo Cutline: Madison Flanagan, Heirs’ Property Fellow

ORLANDO – Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law students Madison Flanagan, Alec Rose, and Sofie Barrett have been selected as Heirs’ Property Protection Legal Fellows working with Helping Everyone Live Prosperously (H.E.L.P.) Community Development Corporation and Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida to provide free legal services to families in Eatonville that are experiencing heirs’ property issues.

“I have always been committed to giving back to my community,” said third-year FAMU Law student Flanagan. The Allamuchy, New Jersey native continued, “I hope that by working on the Heirs’ Property Project alongside such dedicated and hardworking people from H.E.L.P. CDC and Community Legal Services, who have a true passion for giving back to the community, I will be able to make a positive and meaningful impact on those living in Eatonville.”

Fellows provide legal assistance in real estate, probate, title, and estate planning. “Fellows are also engaged in property mapping, tax, and other public records research, will prepare community outreach and informational materials, attend community meetings and participate in educational presentations,” said FAMU Law Clinic Director Mark Dorosin.

H.E.L.P. Community Development Corporation is a HUD-approved, Central Florida-based, comprehensive housing counseling agency that provides quality financial education and counseling to improve the lives and financial stability of individuals and families.

“We are so excited to be working with our FAMU Law fellows to help Eatonville,” said Deputy Executive Director Nicole Oriol, H.E.L.P. “Their enthusiasm and commitment to working on this project is inspirational.  Each of them contributes knowledge and skills that are important for our program’s success.”

Families with heirs’ property in the Town of Eatonville may contact H.E.L.P. CDC at (407) 628-4832 ext. 188700.

Community Legal Services is the primary provider of no-cost legal services to the most vulnerable in Central Florida, helping them to protect their families, health, and livelihoods. For legal assistance, call the CLS Helpline at 1-800-405-1417.

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