Disaster Legal Aid to End

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Release date: 
February 22, 2008
Release Number: 
1733-083

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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