Moorhead, MN -- Volunteer attorneys are providing free, disaster-related legal assistance to individuals affected by the June 9-28 floods. The service, coordinated through the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is available by calling 1-800-467-0385 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Persons in the disaster counties may ask for help for flood-related questions about insurance claims, home repair contracts, consumer protection matters, landlord-tenant concerns, mortgage foreclosure and debt collection problems. Advice or referrals are also provided for replacing wills, drafting powers of attorney and other important legal documents damaged or lost in the flood.
"We are committed to using our abilities and resources to help victims of this disaster," said Tami Schroeder, Young Lawyers Division District 17 representative-elect for Minnesota and Wisconsin.
"As members of the bar, we have an obligation to provide public service and promote the public interest, especially in difficult times."
The federal disaster declaration for individual assistance covers the counties of Becker, Clearwater, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Red Lake and Roseau.