INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Free legal advice and referrals are available for anyone affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from March 8-14. To be eligible for the legal assistance, individuals must live in one of the 16 counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance programs, and need legal assistance as a direct result of the severe storms and flooding. The 16 counties covered by the declaration are: Allen, Carroll, Daviess, DeKalb, Fulton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, Lawrence, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble, Pulaski, St. Joseph, White and Whitley.
The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) has set up a toll-free telephone number 1- 800-266-2581, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, with voice mail. All messages will be responded to within 24 hours.
The ISBA will refer flood victims to Indiana attorney volunteers for free legal information regarding matters such as insurance claims, replacing legal documents, home repair contracts and problems with landlords.
No member of the volunteer attorney group will accept fee-generating cases. Their services are authorized only to assist in resolving certain issues arising out of the disaster.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.