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Welcome To BCLA

BCLA attorneys provide legal services on a range of issues including family law, housing, domestic violence, consumer, guardianship, and bankruptcy.

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About BCLA

Currently in Rockledge, Florida, BCLA was established in 1970 by the Brevard County Bar Association. Since then, we have grown to include a network of over 400 attorneys who volunteer their time to help low-income persons achieve meaningful access to the civil court system.

BCLA attorneys provide legal services on a range of issues including; family law, foreclosures, domestic violence, guardianship, consumer cases, bankruptcy, and landlord/tenant cases.

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Our Mission

We are committed to improving the quality of legal aid and assistance to protect personal safety, establish family stability, and ensure equal access to justice for low income and disadvantaged persons in Brevard County. We are a non-profit (501-C3) agency serving Brevard County since 1970.

Looking for Legal Aid?

We provide services to financially eligible clients in the following areas of law:

  • Family Law
  • Free Foreclosure Assistance
  • Domestic Violence
  • Guardianship
  • Consumer cases that exceed small claims
  • Bankruptcy (if debt exceeds $10,000 and more than 50% is medical bills)
  • Landlord/Tenant (Tenant must be current on rent)

How Legal Aid Helped a Mother of 4 in Need

BCLA represented a mother of four children in the prosecution of her Petition for Protection Against Domestic Violence. The Petitioner came to BCLA after she was beaten by her husband, strangled, and left unconscious.

She had previously filed Petitions for Protection but dropped them after being persuaded by her husband and his family. At the time she dropped the previous petitions, she was unrepresented by counsel and felt she had nowhere to go. She was convinced by her husband and his family that she could not make it on her own with four young children. She also believed her husband was sorry and that he would change.

With the help of BCLA, a permanent injunction was entered. After entry of the injunction, BCLA helped the petitioner obtain much needed services for herself and her children. BCLA continues to mentor the petitioner and is representing her in a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

Gala Post Event

Where:
Suntree Country Club

When:
July 16, 2021

Judge Lisa Davidson presents Attorney of the Year Award to Kimberly Bonder Rezanka at Brevard County Legal Aid’s 33rd Annual Gala

Over 100 invited guests from the legal and business community attended Brevard County Legal Aid’s Annual Pro Bono Awards and Recognition Gala on Friday, July 16, 2021 at Suntree Country Club. The annual dinner and awards event is a tribute to Brevard’s attorneys who contribute free legal assistance to help persons who are unable to afford private counsel. Circuit Court Judge Lisa Davidson was the special guest for the evening. Judge Davidson’s distinguished career began in 1978 and she has served Brevard County as a judge since 1994. Judge Davidson has a long history of community service which includes founding and chairing the Brevard County Domestic Violence Task Force, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County and Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida. She has received many awards for her leadership and service on important community and legal issues including the Gladstone Award (for judicial leadership and service to Florida’s children).

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The Legal Assistance Project was in part funded with the assistance of the City of Palm Bay through the Federal Community Development Block Grant funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development under Title I of the Federal Housing and Community Development Act, as amended.

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