Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back is committed to providing legal services to clients who are domestic violence victims, residents facing eviction, unemployment, bankruptcy, collections, divorce, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and those in need of Guardianships, a Guardian ad Litem or an Attorney ad Litem. Here are a few notes of appreciation from our clients and volunteers:
A long-time domestic violence client of Steve Paulson, Esquire, wrote: We wish you and your family a Happy and safe Holidays!! We are very thankful for all your help, guidance and hard work all of these years. We will never forget it!! Blessings and best regards.
A client of Stephanie Grosman, Esquire, wrote the following thank you note: “Thank you so much to you and your assistant, Suzann, for all of the work that you have done. I wish a thousand blessings and many good things returning to you as a thank you for the marvelous work that you do helping people like me. Success to you both and to Legal Aid!"
A client of Steve Paulson, Esquire, sent the following letter of appreciation: “I want to say thank you on behalf of my family. I would not be able to make it this far without Legal Aid’s help. I want the world to know about this organization. Whoever invented this program is a genius. I will always remember you guys. I wish they had this program everywhere, especially in Haiti. A lot of women died because of their husbands. If they had this program, there wouldn’t be all that injustice. I love you guys! You guys are the best! May God be with all of you!"
A client of Yolande Henry wrote: "First and foremost, I hope this email finds you and yours well. I am writing this email to THANK YOU, your secretary, and the legal aid team for everything you did for me and my children. I want you to know that I will be forever grateful, and that all of you will always be in my prayers. I hoped the judge would ask me if I was satisfied with my attorney’s services, because the answer is 100%! and I know that all the good you do will be returned to you! I look forward to keeping in touch with you, please be safe!"
A client of Alexandra Mesa, Esquire, wrote: "I just wanted to acknowledge that during the entire process of my case with Dade Legal Aid I found professionalism, sensibility, kindness, confidentiality and humanity from my pro bono attorney and her assistant. The communication and orientation they gave me regarding the legal process and documentation that I needed to present was excellent, far exceeding all of my expectations. I am grateful for their cordiality and interest they took in my case; they make an excellent work team! I congratulate them and wish them much success in their profession."
"To the team at Put Something Back Program, I wanted to express my sincerest gratitude to those who work in the program and David Abrams P.A. About a year ago I came seeking help for a family issue during a difficult time. Going to court without guidance and representation can be very overwhelming. Luckily my case was accepted and I was assigned attorney David Abrams, Esquire, who promptly met me and provided clarity and guidance and always showed interest in helping with our case. He represented my family in court and was invaluable in finding a solution. His representation was like a gift of gold. I would like to thank him and the program for the wonderful work they have done for me, as well as thank the team for the great work they are doing for our community. I know many are faced with family issues and it can be overwhelming both financially and emotionally. The Put Something Back Program is an invaluable resource to our community. Thank you."
"I’m so grateful to have had the chance to work at Dade Legal Aid during my last semester at law school. Thank you for always being kind and wonderful especially during these challenging times. I truly value the advice and experiences I received from each attorney. Under your guidance I’ve learned a lot and contributed towards making a positive difference in the lives of people who need assistance and deserve new beginnings. Thank you for everything!"
"Thank you attorney Bruce Levine, Esquire, and Put Something Back program for finding me a dedicated attorney to handle my bankruptcy case on a pro bono basis. As a Veteran who is in a wheelchair, I found it very easy and rewarding to access your services. I could not go many places during the pandemic, and this program was available online. Many blessings to you and yours for saving my home and my life savings."
"My attorney, Wendy Robbins, Esquire, helped me with my divorce many years ago. I know I thanked you for your help but I wanted to reach out to you to say thank you again. I know that what you do is your job but you have honestly saved my life, and helped me to move on into my next chapter. After my court hearing we said our goodbye’s but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your help and how grateful I will always be to Legal Aid. You treated me as if I were any other paying client and for that I will always be grateful to you. Thank you again. God bless you!"
"I wanted to thank my attorney, Nicholas Koltay, Esquire, who handled my case even when it was closed because the respondent accepted a plea, including probation. Although the results are not what I had hoped for, I am very grateful and appreciative for your help and support through this difficult process. You are very good at your job and more victims of domestic violence need lawyers like you and Legal Aid in their corner. Thank very much you from my family."
"I am elderly and and was dealing with COVID-19 and damages to my home due to past hurricanes. I was unable to meet the financial burden of the repairs and my day to day living expenses so I had no other option but to file for bankruptcy. I would like to express my gratitude to all that make up the team at LEGAL AID. We had the final hearing which was successful, we won our case. In less than three weeks my case was ready for court. I am very grateful, from the bottom of my heart for Jessica of Put Something Back who guided me through the process and eased my concerns. She quickly referred me to attorney Julia Kefalinos, Esquire, who treated with love, compassion and a level of professionalism as if I was a regular paying client. The judge acknowledged that my case was pro bono and thanked my attorney. Thank you very much and above all many blessings."
“I cannot express how grateful and thankful I am for providing me with FREE legal assistance through PUT SOMETHING BACK program. The work and attention given to me by Charles W. Throckmorton and his firm, KOZYAK TROPIN & THROCKMORTON, was outstanding. Thank you for handling my pro bono bankruptcy case. He took the time to listen to me with empathy. I was uplifted because of his kindness and respect towards me. The paralegal assigned to my case was also an angel. She went beyond the call of duty in making sure during the process my questions and concerns were always answered and I was kept informed on how the process was going and what to expect. This was handled with grace. I am indebted to PUT SOMETHING BACK for providing me with legal assistance needed to get my life back!"
A client of DAVID ALSCHULER, Esquire, wrote: “I am very satisfied with the services my attorney provided. I can’t believe this program is free for people like me. Thank you PUT SOMETHING BACK for how you helped me during this difficult time in my life and thank you to Mr. Alschuler for dedicating your time to my case!”
“I was unable to pay an attorney and was recommended to apply online to Dade Legal Aid. I was promptly assigned an attorney through PUT SOMETHING BACK. My pro bono attorney at the law firm, Meland Russin and Budwick, was extremely dedicated, capable, knowledgeable and never made me feel like she was doing me a favor by taking my case. She always responded in a timely manner to any issues or concerns. I am forever grateful to them.”
“I cannot express how grateful and thankful I am for the work and attention given to us by Dade Legal Aid Attorney WENDY ROBBINS during the lengthy and complex process to obtain Guardianship for my father with advanced Alzheimer’s. Our questions and concerns were answered in a short time frame and we were always kept informed on how the process was going and what to expect. Thank you Legal Aid for making this difficult process that much easier for my family.”
“Put Something Back is amazing and you are doing a wonderful service for the community! I can’t thank you enough for taking my mortgage foreclosure case! My attorney WES COLGAN was amazing, easy to talk to and knows how to handle himself well! I can’t say enough good things about him.”
“I am very satisfied with your work and the assistance you gave me. My lawyer YOLANDE HENRY of LEGAL AID SOCIETY really did an excellent job! I can’t believe this service is free for low income people in Miami like me.”
“Thank you to my attorney NICOLE GRIMAL HELMSTETTER for handling my pro bono bankruptcy case. As a disabled senior citizen, I had a difficult issue and was not sure how to proceed. Thank you PUT SOMETHING BACK for finding her for me. She is an angel.”
A client of STEVE PAULSON wrote: “Thanks to my attorney and everyone else at Dade Legal Aid in the Domestic Violence department for your great assistance and the kindness afforded to me during these most difficult and challenging times.”
“I don’t know how to express my deep gratitude, I am so grateful! She was wonderful! Thank you for everything,” wrote a client of STEPHANIE GROSMAN.
“CANDIS TRUSY was an angel. She went above and beyond for me and my family. Thank you for everything, PUT SOMETHING BACK!”
“Thank you very much, everything she did was excellent. Attorney PATRICIA REDMOND helped me with my bankruptcy quickly. She treated me like one of her paying clients. I got really first class treatment. For that, I am forever grateful. God bless you all.”
“My bankruptcy attorney, DOROTHY NEGRIN changed my life! She was so organized! Thank you Dade Legal Aid and Put Something Back for finding me the best attorney to help me get a fresh start. If I can ever repay you I will. Dade Legal Aid changed my life! Thank you!”
“JUANITA CENDAN, ESQUIRE, did a magnificent job, she is an excellent attorney. She solved problems for me and my kids. Thank you so much, Dade Legal Aid & Put Something Back, for assigning my case to her, she is a wonderful person!”
A client of MARK BROWN wrote: “Thank you all for your help; may God bless all of you and the entire team at Legal Aid Society. Mr. Brown handled my case swiftly and got me the results I needed. My children and I are now safe and receiving child support regularly thanks to him.”
“I highly recommend this program,” wrote a client of ROBERT MEYER, ESQUIRE. “He helped save my home from foreclosure. I will never forget him. Thank you so much. I would like to thank your program for your the help. I have two children and was served foreclosure notice and my husband left our home. I went to government agencies and tried working with my mortgage company but was left frustrated, confused and scared. no other provider would help me then Put Something Back came along. I was assigned to Mr. Meyer and his associates who really cared about my case. He took the time to explain the process and my options . All of his co workers were nice and professional. They continued to help me and updated me on the case. I highly recommend Mr. Meyer and his firm.”