first_imgACT contributions will provide aid and assistance following disasters ACT contributions will provide aid and assistance following disasters While the ravages of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast were still being widely reported, Florida was for the second year in a row in the midst of a hurricane season that would not only disrupt lives and property here, but also interrupt legal practices and the courts.Even with all that has been learned recently about disaster preparedness, no one can be entirely ready to deal with the aftermath of tragedy. Some results simply defy expectations, however cautious. That’s why The Florida Bar set up the Florida Attorneys Charitable Trust — ACT — a 501(c)(3) for the exclusive purpose of charitable activities associated with disaster relief.Inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, and recalling Florida’s experiences after Hurricane Andrew, ACT/Attorneys Charitable Trust is a permanent fund offering Florida attorneys an avenue for donations to provide aid and assistance following disasters that curtail legal processes and court activities or which result in reduced citizen access to legal services.“Unlike your donations to The Florida Bar Foundation — which help to provide legal services to low-income people — your support through ACT/Attorneys Charitable Trust will specifically go toward relief efforts aimed at individuals, families and also fellow Bar members,” said President-elect Hank Coxe. “In Louisiana after Katrina, a hastily formed fund provided grants to lawyers and set up temporary business centers for displaced bar members’ use, but it took several months to collect and distribute the donations.”Coxe said in Florida the Bar must be able to react quickly, and with a well-funded ACT/Attorneys Charitable Trust, the Bar will be positioned to provide disaster relief when needed. May 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img

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