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Florida Bar Rule 4-6.1 recommends that every member of The Florida Bar should render pro bono legal services to the poor. The professional responsibility to provide pro bono legal services to the poor may be discharged in one of two ways:

1. Annually providing at least 20 hours of pro bono legal service to the poor. Click here to get started!
2. Making an annual contribution of at least $350 to a legal aid organization such as JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID.

Fulfill your annual pro bono service requirement and be recognized for your commitment to equal justice by making a contribution of $350 or more to Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. If every attorney in your law firm donates, you can become a Sustaining Law Firm.  Learn more now!

The simplest type of planned gift is a bequest in your will. Bequests may reduce estate taxes and allow you to make a larger gift than you are able to make during your lifetime. Bequests may be:

  • A percentage of your total estate;
  • A specific amount of cash, stock, or real estate;
  • A percentage of the remainder of your estate after other distributions are made; or
  • A percentage or amount contingent on other conditions being met, such as having a loved one predecease you.

If you already have a will, your lawyer may simply add a codicil rather than re-writing your will. Suggested language is: I give and bequeath to Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., 126 w Adams St, Jacksonville, Florida 32202 (Federal Tax ID # 59-0696291).

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid is an ideal recipient for Cy Pres and court settlement awards. If you are an attorney involved in a class action lawsuit or other litigation matter that could result in a Cy Pres or court settlement award, contact us now to learn about how you can designate these funds to JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID and help make a difference in the lives of the thousands of residents of North Florida that JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID helps each year.

What is a Cy Pres Award?  
Cy Pres (French for “as close as possible”) awards allow unclaimed settlement funds from class-action suits to be distributed to organizations that are most likely to benefit or pursue the interests of the class. Sometimes the funds are described as residual funds.

What is a Court Settlement Award?  
Court settlement awards come about when parties in a case agree that as part of the settlement one party will make a specified dollar contribution to a specific charity and the court approves the settlement.

Why is a JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID an ideal recipient for Cy Pres and Court Settlement Awards?
Because of the breadth of public interest legal work we are involved in, JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID is an ideal recipient of both Cy Pres and court settlement funds. Our programs provide legal aid to thousands of people on a wide range of issues throughout North Florida. We also have a history of receiving cy pres awards.

We are flexible and adaptable. Because of our geographical scope and wide range of issues that we address, JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID is able to create projects that meet the objectives of a Cy Pres award.  To this end, an award can be used to augment our ongoing work to advance ongoing public interest work or it can fund a specific project that addresses the issues related to the underlying litigation of that case.

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Call us at (904) 356-8371 extension 314 or email us now to get started!  

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Donate a fully-paid life insurance policy
You may want to donate a fully-paid life insurance policy if you have grown children or other loved ones who no longer need this financial security. You may donate the policy to JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID and claim a current charitable tax deduction.

Make JALA the beneficiary
You may want to make JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID the beneficiary of some or all of your life insurance policy if you have grown children and other loved ones who are provided for in other ways in your estate plan. Contact your attorney or your life insurance agent to obtain the necessary forms to make JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID, Inc., a beneficiary (Federal Tax ID # 59-0696291).

Get started now by making your tax-deductible contribution. We take most major credit cards and you will receive a receipt for your contribution by email today.

Consider making your contribution a recurring donation. By making a monthly contribution on your credit card, you help us reduce overhead costs and allow us to spend more of your dollars on delivering services to those who need it most. You can stop or modify your contributions at any time. Sign up for a recurring donation online or contact us to find out more about how you can make your dollars work harder.

Make Plans Now for Future Gifts to JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID

Retirement funds are taxed as income to your heirs and may be subject to estate tax as well. If you have made other estate plans for loved ones, you may want to name JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID as the beneficiary of some or all of your 401(k), Keogh, or other IRA. That way these funds would pass to JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID tax-free and avoid an estate tax for your heirs. As with a bequest, you may designate:

  • All or a percentage of your retirement account;
  • A specific amount of your retirement account; or
  • An amount contingent on other conditions being met, such as having a loved one predecease you.

Your attorney or your employer’s human resources department can provide you the form for designating JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID as a beneficiary. (Federal Tax ID #59-0696291).

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To transfer stock to JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID, please contact Dennis Harrison Dennis.Harrison@JaxLegalAid.org (Better for you to transfer, not sell). Transferring stock is an excellent way for you to make a donation because neither you nor JACKSONVILLE AREA LEGAL AID pays a capital gains tax on the appreciated value. We sell the stock immediately and you receive notification of the sale price so that you may record the full market value as a charitable deduction.

You can also make your contribution through workplace giving if your company has a United Way program.

Ways to Give

Thank you for considering Jacksonville Area Legal Aid as part of your charitable giving. By making a contribution now, you will join a team of local individuals, law firms and businesses who make a difference in the lives of more than 14,000 people in North Florida each year. There are many ways to give and we are here to make the process as easy as possible. Please email us with questions, or make a donation now!

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