SALEM, Ore. -- Low-income disaster victims who need legal assistance have until Friday, Feb. 29 to get free legal advice for disaster-related needs. The toll-free number is 1-800-452-7636. Call M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The advice is provided by the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association through an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The assistance typically includes:
- Help with insurance claims (life, medical, property, etc.).
- Counseling on landlord/tenant problems.
- Assistance with home repair contracts.
- Advice about consumer protection matters, remedies, and procedures.
- Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems.
- Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in a major disaster.?
- Drafting of powers of attorney.
- Estate administration (insolvent estates).
- Preparation of guardianships and conservatorships.
- Referrals to agencies that may be of further assistance (e.g., consumer affairs).
There are limitations and conditions of disaster legal services. Call 1-800-452-7636 for more information.?
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.