RALEIGH, N.C. -- Free legal assistance to help low-income residents of North Carolina cope with legal questions related to Hurricane Floyd is now available.
Volunteer members of the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will be available to answer calls and provide help at 1-800-662-7407, Monday through Friday, from 9a.m. to 5p.m.
The lawyers can help with insurance claims for property losses and medical bills, assist in drawing up new wills and replacing deeds and other valuable documents, advise property owners on contracting for home repairs, help with landlord problems and prepare powers of attorney if needed.
Disaster legal services are intended for individuals and families unable to pay lawyer fees. Cases in which fees can be paid are turned over to the local lawyer referral service.
Individuals seeking disaster assistance must call the application hotline at 1-800-462-9029 to register for eligible state and federal disaster relief programs. The toll-free number will operate from 7a.m.to midnight seven days a week until further notice. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments who use special keyboard equipment (TTY) should call 1-800-462-7585.