The program called Florida Attorneys Saving Homes has been around since 2007 as a pro bono initiative involving 1,000 attorneys statewide who try to keep distressed homeowners from losing their homes to foreclosure.
Just don’t refer to it as FLASH.
One of the group’s first hurdles didn’t involve hard-nosed lenders or even real estate for that matter, but intellectual property.
Another group, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, contacted the Florida group and asked it to use a different acronym, Florida Bar spokeswoman Zannah Lyle said.
Although related to homes, FLASH is a Tallahassee-based nonprofit that promotes disaster safety and property-loss prevention in disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, terrorism, tsunamis, floods, hailstorms, rip currents and lightning.