Special Projects


Is your name on the title of the property you live in?

If you are not on the title to the property, you are limited in what you can do with the property. You cannot:

  • Sell it
  • Insure it
  • Finance it
  • Repair it
  • Rent it
  • Hand it down
  • Reduce taxes on it
  • Receive financial assistance to repair damages

In low-income neighborhoods throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties, generations of families live in houses and mobile homes to which they may be legally entitled, but for which they lack proper record title. Without proof of clear title, owners cannot receive emergency relief for natural disasters, apply for home-improvement loans, participate in Federal, State or Local grant funding programs, acquire Homestead exemptions and often cannot acquire the necessary permits for much needed home repairs and other maintenance. Legal Aid of Manasota provides free legal services such as recording official documents, completing title searches and archiving property records so low-income residents can obtain clear title on their homes.

As part of an initiative to address this issue in low-income communities, Legal Aid of Manasota is partnering with the City of Sarasota’s Economic Development Office to provide legal services for Newtown residents. For more information about this initiative, please give us a call 941-366-0038.

SHOPP (Senior Home Ownership Protection Project)

Are you over 60 and having homeownership issues such as:

  • Unpaid property taxes
  • Homestead exemption
  • Potential foreclosure
  • Problems making mortgage payments
  • Code enforcement liens
  • Property insurance


Do you have any legal issues directly related to Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria?

Divorce and Paternity

Legal Aid of Manasota offers help with divorce and paternity proceedings for those who are not eligible for legal aid.