Charleston, WV -- Free legal assistance is available to help residents of West Virginia's 22 disaster-declared counties deal with legal problems and questions that have arisen as a result of the state's floods.
Volunteer members of the Young Lawyers Section of the West Virginia State Bar are available to answer calls and provide help at 304-558-7993, seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The lawyers can help with insurance claims for property losses and medical bills, assist in drawing up new wills or replacing deeds and other valuable documents, advise property owners on contracting for home repairs, help with landlord/tenant issues, and prepare powers of attorney.
Disaster legal services are intended for individuals and families unable to pay attorneys' fees. People who can pay for their legal assistance will be directed to the local lawyer referral service.
Individuals needing all other forms of state and federal disaster assistance must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's toll-free number at 1-800-462-9029. Persons with hearing or speech impairments should call 1-800-462-7585. These numbers are accepting applications for assistance from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.