SARASOTA — Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources is giving residents a chance to tap into the power of legal knowledge by partnering with the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Sarasota Bar Association. Attorneys will provide free presentations followed by question and answer sessions at Selby Library, 1331 1stSt., Sarasota on Oct. 25, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28.
The sessions will take place over three days and cover a variety of topics including estate planning, financial literacy, landlord/tenant issues, debt collection, and more.
“One of the most requested topics from library patrons is for legal advice,” said Renée Di Pilato, director of Libraries and Historical Resources. “Our goal is to empower residents by providing them with information on popular topics and by connecting them with resources for legal assistance.”
The events are free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with attorneys and local organizations to learn what resources are available.
“The Young Lawyer’s Division of the Sarasota Bar is dedicated to impacting our community in a positive way,” said Forest Sutton, Assistant State Attorney of the Twelfth Judicial Court. “I’m hopeful that this program will be a continuous endeavor towards increasing access to information and resources to our community members in vital areas that desperately need information. We’re honored to be able to assist those who seek out help that couldn’t otherwise afford legal representation.”
The schedule is as follows:
6 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25
· Personal finances and budgeting
· Financial Literacy and Debt and Credit
2:30 – 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27
· Wills and estate planning
· Controlling your assets
10:30 – 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28
· Landlord/tenant rights (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
· Domestic violence (12 – 1 p.m.)
· Criminal law: interactions with law enforcement at traffic stops (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.)
About the Sarasota County Bar Association
The Sarasota County Bar Association is a voluntary organization of lawyers and judges who practice law and administer our judicial system in Sarasota County. Incorporated on January 20, 1960, the SCBA has existed as an association since 1926. The affairs of the SCBA are managed by its officers and Board of Directors with the assistance of a full-time Executive Director.
About Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources:
Sarasota Libraries is a system of 10 community branches, a history center, and a mobile library that provides opportunities for lifelong learning, vibrant culture, and enriching activities across all ages. With more than 2.5 million items borrowed every year, our collection extends beyond physical books, offering resources to nearly 200,000 cardholders through mobile services, phone apps, and an extensive digital library.