Alabama LAP Foundation Financially Assists Lawyers in Need of Treatment

Earlier we introduced the Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program (ALAP) and its various services and resources. One service available to Alabama lawyers is the Alabama Lawyer Assistance Foundation (ALAF), a nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporation managed by an elected Board of Directors. (Here is a list of the members of the 2009-10 Board of Directors.) The purpose of the foundation is to provide financial assistance to Alabama lawyers who suffer from addiction, depression, and other mental health illnesses, but who lack the resources to pay for appropriate help.

A problem many lawyers in need face is that when their requirement for medical help is the greatest, they have exhausted all their financial means to pay for it. ALAF enters at this point, with a revolving loan fund that gives lawyers in need the opportunity to get treatment.  Loans from the fund are paid directly to the treatment care providers. As the ALAF website notes, “ALAF provides the necessary means to get lawyers treatment during the most difficult times. Repayment is expected once the lawyer is back on his or her feet, so money will be available to aid the next lawyer in need.”

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