Praise from Clients

Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back remains committed to our clients and continues to provide legal services during these unprecedented times to families facing poverty, eviction, discrimination, alienation, unemployment, loss of a loved one, bankruptcy, collections, divorce, domestic violence, 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:

MAY 2021

“The attorney you assigned to my case, Christian Somodevilla from LSAS Attorneys Group did a great job and was able to get my Chapter 7 bankruptcy case approved. Mr. Somodevilla was amazingly helpful with a complicated case and very supportive during this very difficult period for me. I have new hope going forward with a new start. It’s a huge relief and like a heavy weight lifted off my shoulders. His staff was also wonderful, all very professional and always available and helpful. It’s a high quality law group all around. Between them and you, you all saved my life. Thank you so much and God bless you. The work you all do is truly amazing!”

Mr. Garcia

MARCH 2021

Once again thank you for all you’ve done for me. Not to put too a fine point on what I am about to tell you, my tears the other day were tears of joy; I was just overwhelmed with your gesture of generosity – I’ve always been emotionally sensitive to human kindness – and of course the gift card from Publix didn’t hurt much at all either. 🙂  I am so grateful!


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!


 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 the 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.


A client of DAVID LEE CARLSON, ESQ. wrote to say he was very pleased with the outcome of his case. the client’s mother passed away and he spent over 30 hours probating her estate, which resulted in the title to mom’s home being transferred into the client’s (and his sisters) name. “We are so grateful to Mr. Carlson for handling this case so efficiently,” said the client.


During this entire process I have found professionalism, kindness, confidentiality, humanity, and great people skills from JUANITA CENDAN, ESQ., CHRISTINA DOPICO and the entire South Dade Guardianship team.  The communication and orientation about the process and documentation that they presented me with has been excellent, surpassing my expectations.  I congratulate you and wish Dade Legal Aid success in your work. 


I would like to let you know you that I received the best service possible from attorney WENDY ROBBINS and her team. They are amazing lawyers, very helpful and knowledgeable. It was a pleasure to work with them.  I wish you guys continue working for regular people and families like mine that don’t have resources to pay to a lawyer but yet we received the best advice in a very easy way. This kind of organization like yours make us believe that all people matter in this country. Thank you again!

JULY 2020

My attorney, WENDY ROBBINS, helped me back in 2010 with my divorce. 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 Dade 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!

MAY 2020

I am very happy with the Dade Legal Aid services.  The attorney, JUANITA CENDAN and her assistant, CHRISTINA DOPICO, are very professional and knowledgeable.  Thank you very much.

APRIL 2020

I wanted to update you on the case that your attorney NICHOLAS KOLTAY helped me with. They closed the case because the respondent accepted a plea, including probation. Since he has time served he will be getting out much earlier. Even though these are not the results I would have hoped for I am very grateful and appreciative for all 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. So thank very much you from my little family.
A client of MR. DAVID ALSCHULER 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 am elderly and and was dealing with 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 Dade Legal Aid. Today we had the final hearing at bankruptcy court 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 at PSB who guided me through the process, eased my concerns and referred me to attorney JULIA KEFALINOS. I have been treated with love, compassion and a level of professionalism as if I was a regular paying client. Even the judge acknowledged that my case was pro bono and thanked attorney KEFALINOS in front of all those present stating “I am very proud of you”. Thank you very much and above all many blessings.


I’m so grateful to have had the chance to work at Dade Legal Aid this past year. Thank you for always being kind and wonderful. I truly value the advice and experiences I received. 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!

“I was unable to pay an attorney and someone recommended Dade Legal Aid. I was assigned an attorney through PUT SOMETHING BACK. My pro bono attorney ZACHARY JAMES, of Meland Russin and Budwick is extremely dedicated, capable, knowledgeable and never made me feel like he was doing me a favor by taking my case. He always responded in a timely manner to any issues or concerns. I am forever grateful to him.”

 “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 always answered in a short time frame and we were always kept informed on how the process was going and what to expect.   Thank you 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 Dade Legal Aid Society really did an excellent job!  I can’t believe this service is free for low income people in Miami like me.” September 2017

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.  Thank you for everything!” 

“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 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.” 

“I highly recommend this program,” wrote a client of ROBERT MEYER. “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.  Mr. Meyer  and his associates really cared about my case.  He  took the time to explain the process and my options .  All of his co workers are nice and professional.  They continue  to help me and keep me updated  and return my calls  if I have any questions.  I would highly  recommend  Mr. Meyer and his firm.”  

“Good morning Mrs. Robbins. You helped me with my divorce. I know I thanked you for your help but I wanted to reach out to you to say thank you 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 you. You treated me as if I were any other paying client and for that I will always be grateful to you. Thank you again and God bless you,” wrote a client of WENDY ROBBINS.

A client of JAIME VINING wrote: “I want to take this opportunity to thank you again for your help and to tell you a little about why I need it so you’ll know how valuable your help is. I’m 62, yikes! Writing that is scary, it comes quick.  I had a back injury years back which triggered some other problems and I haven’t been able to work a “regular job” for a long while.  Even going to my own office just got to be too much. So, I technically haven’t worked (anywhere close to a full or even good part time) for at least 25-30 years.  My husband suffers with severe migraines that have gotten so bad that he’s not able to work now either. No med helps at all, even the 4 new FDA approved ones this year. Because of that he lost his well paying job, leaving us in quite a spot. We’ve gone through our savings and are working on the 401k now, trying to figure out our next moves. With technology, I can now start to work again myself and work it around what I am able to do.  I know I didn’t have to have this in order to run that business, but it definitely will help legitimize it and prevent someone else from using what I came up with. It might not sound like a lot, but having someone like you willing to help in such a difficult time is so uplifting and heart warming I can’t even express. It means more than you know. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. If there is anything I can do to repay your kindness, please let me know.”