SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Volunteer attorneys are offering free, disaster-related legal assistance to individuals affected by the severe storms and flooding in the declared counties.
The Young Lawyers Division of South Dakota State Bar Association, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is providing legal counseling and referrals to residents by calling toll-free to 1-800-952-2333.
The phone line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each call is referred to a South Dakota-licensed attorney, who will contact callers to discuss their disaster-related needs.
The volunteer attorneys can advise callers regarding legal issues related to the disaster, including:
Advice on landlord/tenant matters;
Replacing wills, drafting powers of attorney and other legal documents lost in the disaster;
Help with home repair contracts and contractors; and
Insurance claims for doctor and hospital bills, loss of property, loss of life, etc.
The assistance is at no charge to the caller.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.