Local attorneys to host free community advice sessions at Selby Library

Programs planned for Oct. 25, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28

Selby Library is located in downtown Sarasota. File photo

“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,” the county department’s staff has announced.

On Oct. 25, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, attorneys will provide free presentations followed by question-and-answer sessions at Selby Library, which stands at 1331 First  St. in downtown Sarasota, a news release says.

The sessions will cover a variety of topics, including estate planning, financial literacy, landlord/tenant issues and debt collection, the release notes.

“One of the most requested topics from library patrons is for legal advice,” said Renée Di Pilato, director of Libraries and Historical Resources, in the release. “Our goal is to empower residents by providing them with information on popular topics and by connecting them with resources for legal assistance,” she added in the release.

The events will be free and open to the public, the release points out. Attendees also will have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one discussions with attorneys and representatives of other local organizations to learn what resources are available, the release notes.

“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, in the release. “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,” he added in the release. “We’re honored to be able to assist those who seek out help that couldn’t otherwise afford legal representation.”

The schedule for the programs is as follows:

  • 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25 — personal finances and budgeting; financial literacy, and debt and credit.
  • 2:30 to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 — wills and estate planning; controlling your assets.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28 — landlord/tenant rights (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.); domestic violence (noon to 1 p.m.); criminal law: interactions with law enforcement officers at traffic stops (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.).

No registration is required, the release points out. For more information, email mfavorite@scgov.net or call 941-861-5421.