What is Cy Pres?
The Cy Pres doctrine (from the Norman French term “Cy Pres comme possible,” meaning as near as possible’) is a court-approved method of distributing a damage fund when the original purpose cannot be achieved. In class action lawsuits, after payment of class members’ claims, or when the amount of damages to each class member is too small to warrant distribution, there is often a residual amount that judges and class counsel can recommend be applied to the “next best” use.
The need for legal services in Miami-Dade County has never been greater and Dade Legal Aid is continually striving to develop new resources to help those in our community with nowhere else to turn. Because Dade Legal Aid seeks to remedy harms similar to those litigated in class action lawsuits, the designation of Cy Pres funds to Dade Legal Aid is one way YOU can help meet the need for our programs and services which include:
- Child & Youth Advocacy
- Bankruptcy & Consumer Law
- Persons with Disabilities
- Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
- Family Law (custody, child support, paternity)
- Foreclosure Defense & Home Preservation
- Guardian Ad Litem
- Guardianship and Probate
- Non-profit Agencies
- Start Ups
Please consider designating Dade Legal Aid for Cy Pres funds. Click here to contribute to Dade Legal Aid which protects the rights of victims of consumer fraud, the elderly, children, the working poor, domestic violence victims and other vulnerable populations. Clients are low-income individuals who are often victims of unlawful, unfair, deceptive, discriminatory or predatory consumer practices.
Our award-winning pro bono program matches private pro bono attorneys with individual clients, families, non-profit agencies or start ups seeking civil legal assistance. Dade Legal Aid acknowledges the effort that goes into preparing Cy Pres Awards. We make it simple for attorneys and judges to include us in settlement agreements.
With your help, Dade Legal Aid will continue to provide.
“A Wealth of Justice for Those WHO HAVE NEITHER.”
For More Information on Designating Cy Pres Funds To Dade Legal Aid Please Contact:
Karen J. Ladis (305) 579-5733 ext. 2245