Legal Aid Of Manasota Inc
1900 Main Street
Suite 302
Sarasota FL 34236

Legal Aid of Manasota provides legal services at no cost to those in need by partnering with local lawyers.

CEO/Executive Director Linda Harradine Esq.
Board Chair Larry Eger Esq.
Board Chair Affiliation Public Defender 12th Judicial Circuit
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1991
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2016
State Registration Yes Jan 2018
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $800,000.00
Projected Expenses $750,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
The people we serve:
By providing free legal services, Legal Aid has ensured safety and security to thousands of low income residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties.  We are the only locally focused legal service provider in our area. In 2013, our small group of staff attorneys and our army of  volunteer lawyers served  over 1,565 new clients.  Our cases covered many areas of the law including public assistance benefits, family law, juvenile, housing and foreclosures, consumer law, domestic violence, and education law.  In 2013, we intensified our community outreach efforts, and hope to increase the number of people we serve. As a result of our intervention, we have and will continue to remove the barriers between our clients and the chance to live a stable and productive life. 
Pro Bono Program   
We are able to serve so many people because of the combined efforts of staff and volunteer lawyers. We recruited, trained and provided support to over 430 volunteer lawyers from  the Sarasota and Manatee Bar Associations and the Retired Lawyers Association. In 2013 this impressive group of lawyers  donated over 7,421 hours of free legal services valued at almost $1.5 million dollars.  In 2014, we endeavored to strengthen our volunteer lawyer recruitment efforts to enable us to serve even more worthy clients.
Community Engagement and Collaborations
Legal Aid has always played a vital role in addressing our community's social challenges. We collaborated with many local service agencies to provide education, protection and legal representation to victims of domestic violence, children in danger, families with children with disablities, uninsured clients facing the high cost of medical care, and to our area's veterans facing  homelessness or who were already homeless.  We played an active role in addressing the epidemic of foreclosures, intervening when clients faced  unlawful evictions and unsafe housing, and unlawful debt and business practices. Our community partners include: Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, HOPE Family Services, Jewish Family and Children Services, Goodwill, State College of Florida Paralegal program, Center for Building Hope and the Cancer Resource Network.
Needs Statement
The Florida Bar Foundation,the primary funder of legal service agencies in Florida saw a dramatic drop in their revenue. Consequently, our funding was reduced by 45%  at a time when the demand for our services tripled. We need additional funding to fill this gap.
A full time paralegal will provide the support necessary to enable our staff & volunteer family law attorneys to work more efficiently and serve more people. Support staff  would enhance the volunteer experience; thereby reducing the risk of losing any current volunteer lawyers and improving recruitment efforts. 
Cost: $36,000
The existing Sarasota office cannot accomodate our clients, their children, our staff or our volunteer lawyers. A Facilities Committee is identifying alternate space. Further, our computers, printers and telephone systems are outdated and wholly inadequate.
Estimated Costs: $15,000
Background Statement
Recognizing that the needs of those Sarasota and Manatee county residents living in poverty were not being fully met by any other legal service provider, two dedicated lawyers practicing in our community, created what is now known as Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc.. They created our non profit civil law firm to  focus solely on our community and serve only our local residents. Two years later, in 1993, by Order of the Chief Judge of the 12th Judicial Circuit, pursuant to the mandate of the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Bar Rules regulating lawyers, Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc., was designated as the only legal service provider in our circuit to adminster the pro bono efforts of our area's attorneys.  That honor continues today and since then Legal Aid  has remained steadfast in its commitment to evaluate, assess, and meet the indigent legal needs of our local community. Through the combined effort of paid and volunteer lawyers, we have been able to serve thousands of needy clients with individual representation as well as community  education classes and law clinics.  We are proud of our work and proud of our pro bono lawyers. As the Honorable Judge Charles E. Williams proclaimed to the members of the Bar, "Pro Bono cases directly impact people's lives in a meaningful and lasting way. The opportunity to make this kind of contribution to our community and the knowledge that you have done so are their own rewards."  
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Housing, Shelter
legal aid, domestic violence, veterans, housing, elderly
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The increased demand for our services in these difficult economic times has only served to reinvigorate our organization.  We recognize the uniqueness of Sarasota and Manatee counties and the vital role we play in addressing the most pressing social challenges. We remain committed solely to our local community and to providing quality legal services in the most effective manner.  Our focus is and always will be the people who live in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  All money raised and received by us - from any source - will always remain here in Sarasota and Manatee Counties to help our people.  No other legal service provider in our area can claim that.

We are very proud of our efforts to enhance our ability to serve more people and to make a greater positive impact:

  1. Our Pro Bono Advisory Board, led by Judges Lee Haworth and Charles Williams, has fortified our efforts to recruit more volunteer lawyers to meet the increased demand for our services.
  2. Anticipating an increased demand for legal services as a result of sweeping changes in the law, including foreclosures and access to health care,  we are recruiting and training qualified volunteer lawyers in special education, access to healthcare and all issues related to homelessness.
  3. Our newly formed Community Advisory Board will serve as our ambassadors throughout Sarasota and Manatee and will help to raise awareness as to our mission and why we are so necessary.
  4. Recognizing that we can no longer rely on historical funding sources, we applied for and received a coveted grant from Gulfcoast Community Foundation to hire a Development Director. Through her efforts, we dramatically increased our presence and understanding of the need for our services in both the legal community and the community at large.  
  5. We are conducting  a thorough review and updating of all Board policies and procdures and all internal polices, procedures and staffing needs so that we may provide the highest quality of services in the most fiscally sound and effective manner.
  6. We held the first event in The Art of Law series, a schedule of informative and entertaining events designed to raise awareness and dollars.  Purusant to our pledge to collaboration with our local community partners we sponsored over 50 Booker High School students.  The event was a success on all fronts. A new signature event will soon be held in September 2013.  
  7. We continue to work as a team with our local government officials, community leaders and other local service agencies and are committed to collaborative efforts to address the needs of our individual clients and the overall low income populations.

We are excited about our recent accomplishments and we are looking forward to an even better 2013-2014.     

We provide free legal services to victims of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault.  Our local partners, HOPE Family Services, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, and other agencies, refer clients to us as soon as an allegation of violence is made. Their safety is our highest priority and they are immediately seen by a Domestic Violence Project attorney.  We accompany them to court and agressivley advocate for their protection. Our representation does not end with the Protection Order. We assist in the preparation of a long range safety plan and provide the family law services of dissolution of marriage, financial support, and when safety has been assured, custody and visitation.  Ever committed to helping our clients achieve self sufficiency and a violence free life, our thorough assessment of each case may result in further legal assistance with housing, access to health care and other benefits, employment, and immigration.   
Budget $40,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Victims Females At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
The American Journal of Medicine has reported that obtaining a protective order is the single most effective means of assuring that victims of domestic violence are not abused again.  We are proud to report that every client referred to us was immediately seen by a qualified attorney. We achieved a 97% success rate of all protective order cases.  We provided additional assistance to secure financial support and resolved all family related issues in hundreds of cases.  Other assistance with housing, employment, and/or public assistance benefits has positioned our clients to live a self sufficient, productive,  and violence free.  In 2012, we closed  515 domestic violence and family law cases.   
Long Term Success
Committed to the goal of providing victims of domestic violence and their children with the legal assistance they need to to live a safe and productive lives, we measure our long term success by tracking repeat or new incidents of violence.  We are proud of our close working relationship with HOPE, SPARCC and other Manatee and Sarasota service agencies. Together we monitor our collective progress in meeting this communitywide social challenge.
Program Success Monitoring
Daily case records are maintained with individual entries into Legal Aid's electronic data and case management system.  Outcome codes are entered when each case is closed.  Survey forms are sent to every client we serve and are reviewed upon receipt of same. 
Program Success Examples
A demonstration of our program success can be seen in the unsolicited letter of appreciation from a client of Art Ginsburg, one of the most successful and experienced family law attorneys in Sarasota and Manatee counties and one of our most dedicated pro bono attorneys.  In her moving and compelling letter she writes, that Mr. Ginsburg believed in her, and fought for her.  She attributes her new life of stable employment, a safe home for herself and her children and financial security to Art Ginsburg.  Her description of the services she received and the positive impact on her life is not unique at Legal Aid. She provides just one glimpse into the significant changes Legal Aid brings to individual lives every day. Ultimately, our entire community benefits from this effort.     
Through our longstanding partnership with Jewish Family and Children Services, veterans who are on the verge of homelessness, or who are already homeless, are referred to us for any necessary legal assistance.  It is often our intervention that prevents or eliminates their homelessness and enables them to return to a safe and productive life. We have been called upon to assist with access to disability and other public assistance benefits, access to heath care, unlawful evictions, debt and consumer issues, foreclosures and family law matters.  
Budget $30,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Other Named Groups Homeless
Short Term Success
Since the inception of this special program, we have assisted 129 veterans. We have had positive outcomes in 100% of our cases. We attribute the fact that we have had no repeat veteran clients in need of our services to our strong partnerships with other local social service agencies.  We not only resolved legal issues, but, we were able to refer all of our veterans in need to the right place and the right person to help them with our issues.  This is the advantage of being a truly local agency. 
In one instance a disabled veteran sought legal help because his bank account was frozen, his drivers license was suspended, and his passpsort request was denied all without proper cause.  The client had actually overpaid his child support obligation by more than $3,000 but the Department of Revenue showed that he owed that much.  Our attorney was able to intervene quickly and provided validation that the client was due a refund on his child support payments and in fact owed nothing at all.  His bank account was unfrozen, his license reinstated, and his passport approved.
Long Term Success
Providing legal services to those who served us is our honor. Providing them access to our legal system that will ultimately enable them to live a safe, self sufficient and productive life is our duty.  Our success is measured by the return of a homeless veteran to a stable living situation; and, preventing homelessness to those about to drown in their legal dilemna. We work closely with the referring agency and case worker to track each veteran's progress and the success of our efforts.  Further, our electronic case management system enables us to track repeat clients. Since the inception of this project we have served over  129 veterans and have had no repeat clients. 
Program Success Monitoring
Daily case reports are maintained with individual entered into Legal Aid's electronic data and case management system. Outcome codes are entered when each case if closed.  Survey forms are sent to clients at the completion of their case and reviewed upon receipt of same.
Program Success Examples
We are proud to share that of the 129 veterans we have served more than 94% of them are well on their way to a secure and productive life. In many instances, once legal issues were resolved, our clients were better able to focus on their underlying unresolved issues including substance abuse, depression, or marriage and family issues. A young veteran shared that he could now see his "head above the water," and begin to get back on track.     
Preventing homelessness is a key goal of Legal Aid.  We strive to keep our clients safe, self sufficient, and secure in their home, whether that be a single family dwelling, apartment or public housing.  When the security of one's home is threatened because of foreclosure or unscrupulous lending practices, illegal evictions, landlord-tenant disputes, housing discrimination, uninhabitable conditions, utility shut-offs, Legal Aid will step in to help. Clients are referred to us from a host of local service agencies. Many come on their own.  Each case is reveiwed by a qualified attorney and a case strategy that will achieve  housing and financial security is established and agressively pursued. We work closely with the judiciary, local Bar associations and our community partners in addressing this community wide epidemic.  And, we have recruited a large pool of of volunteer lawyers to help meet the great demand for this type of legal assistance.       
Budget $55,000
Category Housing, General/Other Housing Counseling
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
We completed 305 housing cases in 2012 and currently have 408 open housing cases.  Some of the successes we have had include: attending mediation and obtaining a settlement with the bank; presenting defenses to foreclosure actions based on standing/real party in interest issues to keep clients in their homes and ultimately litigating for better loan modifications than originally offered; using the HAMP supplemental directives to educate lenders and servicers as to minimum requirements for modifications and to advocate for clients, especially when mitigating circumstances present; obtaining cash relocation payments for clients who are not eligible for modifications; obtaining waivers of liability for deficiency claims in cases of short sales and deed-in-lieu.
In one case we helped an 83 year old woman who was determined to save her home. Our attorney was successful in obtaing a permanent loan modification, including forgiveness of $5,000 in delinquent interest payments. The new monthly loan payment is very reasonable and she can easily afford the new amount on her limited social security income.
Long Term Success
The ultimate goal of our housing efforts is to provide our clients with the legal assistance they need to obtain or maintain affordable and safe housing and to prevent homelessness.  Legal Aid plays a vital role in collectively resolving the homelessness challenge in Sarasota and Manatee counties.  Often  all that is required is simply assisting in securing a deserved disablity benefit. That one check can be what ends the path to homelessness. We will continue to work closely with other local service agencies to help prevent and end homelessness in our community.  
Program Success Monitoring
Daily case records are maintained with individual entries into Legal Aid's electronic data and case management system.  Outcome codes are entered when each case is closed. Survey forms are sent to clients at the completion of their case and reviewed upon receipt of same.
Program Success Examples
We have helped to return thousands of local residents to secure and safe housing.  A young mother, able to stay in her home after Legal Aid accomplished the necessary negotiations with her bank, wrote that seeing her children enjoy a good night's sleep before the start of school the next day is what gave her hope for their future.  
 We are able to serve so many people because of the combined efforts of staff and volunteer lawyers.  We have recruited, trained and provided support to over 430 volunteer lawyers from  the Sarasota and Manatee Bar Associations and the Retired Lawyers Association.  These attorneys assist needy or indigent members of the community when their legal rights are at risk, in a full range of civil litigation issues.  In 2013 this impressive group of lawyers  donated over 7,412 hours of free legal services valued at close to $1.5 million dollars.  
Budget $350,000
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
The Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney Program will continue to deliver the most cost-effective approach possible to serving low-income families faced with threats to their legal rights.  We serve hundreds of clients who have a myriad of different legal issues.  Some can be helped with an hour consultation, or the drafting of a legal document.  Others are involved in litigation that may takes months or even years to resolve.   The short term success of the Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney Program is met by matching every attorney who wants to volunteer with a client who needs that attorney's services. 
Long Term Success
By leveraging grants and donations into pro bono legal services, low income families in our community whose legal rights are at risk but who cannot afford an attorney will be able to obtain representation from a volunteer attorney at no cost, in a timely and effective manner and with the same respect and competence that paying clients receive.  Legal Aid of Manasota's services will continue to make it easy and satisfying for attorneys to fulfill their personal aspirations and professional obligations by providing pro bono services, increasing the the number of participating attorneys and their willingness to contribute pro bono services.  
Program Success Monitoring Outcomes are monitored continually through our case tracking/management/reporting system, which is a key component of satisfying the reporting requirements for our grant-based funding.   We have monitoring and oversight from a coordinating committee that has substantial participation by local judges who view our successes - and community needs - in the courtroom.   
Program Success Examples The Pro Bono Volunteer Attorney Program has developed a roster of 430 volunteer attorneys from the local community.  In 2012,  attorneys in the Program reported donations of over 5,707 hours of free legal services valued at  $1,141,400.
Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Linda Harradine Esq.
CEO Term Start Feb 2001
CEO/Executive Director Email

Linda Harradine currently serves as the CEO of Legal Aid of Manasota, an agency that provides pro bono legal assistance to low income clients in Sarasota and Manatee counties. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and her Master’s degree in Social Work and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Buffalo. She is admitted to practice law in both Florida and New York. She began her legal career as a staff attorney for legal aid concentrating on domestic violence and family law cases. She has been the CEO of Legal Aid for the past 14 years.     


Linda Harradine has served as the Secretary, Treasurer, and President of the Florida Pro Bono Coordinator’s Association- a statewide organization made up of pro bono professionals from legal service agencies. She has also served on the Statewide IOTA Liaison Committee and Pro Bono Committee. She is President Elect of the Statewide Project Directors Association-a group made up of the 30 CEO/Executive Directors of legal services programs in our state.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Nina Perry Esq. -
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 450
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Legal Aid of Manasota is proud of its collaborative philosophy and efforts. We work closely with the local Bar Associations, the Judiciary, and other regional and statewide legal service agencies. We have a long standing and close relationship with HOPE, SPARCC, JFCS, our local Senior Friendship Center, Wills for Heroes, Center for Building Hope, and State College of Florida. With our new Medical Legal Partnership program, we are provide services to cancer patients with legal issues who are referred to us from  the Center for Building Hope and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.   
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Larry Eger Esq.
Company Affiliation Public Defender 12th Judicial Circuit
Board Term Aug 2013 to Dec 2015
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Deborah J. Blue Esq.Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A.
Edwin M. Boyer Esq.Boyer & Jackson, P.A.
Jim L. Delgado Esq.Kallins, Little, Delgado & Estigarribia
Larry Eger Esq.Public Defender-12th Judicial Circuit
Larry Geimer CPAKerkering Barberio
Michael Harshman Esq.Najmy Thompson, P.L.
Robert W. Melberth LCM Capital Advisors
Fred E. Moore Esq.Blalock, Walters, Held & Johnson, P.A.
Brian Trimyer Esq.Harllee & Bald, P.A.
Heather Zangara Shumaker Loop
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 67
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Governance Comments by Organization
We at Legal Aid strive for excellence in governance and nonproft organization and management.  In 2013, we began a self-examination and review and update of all of our Board policies and procedures.  The resulting new Board Manual was distributed to and reviewed by every Board member.  Board members attended an educational seminar at the Community Foundation of Sarasota and we engaged their consultants to assist in developing our operations and staff performance. We are continuing our internal self examination to ensure that the best accounting and  financial reporting practices are in place. Our work with our Pro Bono Advisory Boards reflect our pledge to continue to provide quality legal services to our ever growing client base in the most effective and fiscally sound manner. We have stepped up our efforts to recruit, train and support more volunteer lawyers to help us meet the demand for our services.    These changes have been exciting and inspiring to all of us who believe in our mission.  
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $800,000.00
Projected Expenses $750,000.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years?
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$765,459$219,584
Individual Contributions$751,580$137,709$380,258
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,723$2,400$3,729
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$86,865$719
Revenue In-Kind$1,300,500$1,500,850$1,141,340
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$684,001$633,867$583,123
Administration Expense$54,877$52,185$26,009
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.521.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%92%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$666,629$605,307$215,063
Current Assets$630,959$591,993$200,669
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$58,613$48,323$44,049
Total Net Assets$608,016$556,984$171,014
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $751,580Government Grants - Local $765,459Contributions, gifts, grants $380,258
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAttorney Fees $29,607Contributions, gifts, grants $137,709Government Grants - Local $219,584
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Fundraising $86,865Investment Income $3,729
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.7612.254.56
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization    
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents. 990s and audits reconcile. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as reported on Form 990.
Nonprofit Legal Aid Of Manasota Inc
Address 1900 Main Street
Suite 302
Sarasota, FL 34236
Primary Phone 941 366-0038

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