LEXINGTON, Ky. -- If the May storms and flooding left you entangled in a legal issue, free Disaster Legal Services may be able to help.
Anyone in the 61 Kentucky counties designated for Individual Assistance by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may use free Disaster Legal Services, a federally funded assistance program operated by the American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division.
These free services are intended for applicants who have limited income or are unable to obtain legal counsel on their own. The types of legal advice generally needed after a disaster include:
- Medical and property insurance claims
- Home foreclosures
- Home repair contracts
- Replacement of lost documents like wills and deeds
- Power of Attorney documents
- Landlord/tenant difficulties
The Young Lawyer Division is made up of Kentucky licensed attorneys who volunteer time and knowledge to offer advice on landlord/tenant problems, disaster-related contract matters, insurance, replacement of legal documents, mortgage foreclosure, and a variety of other concerns.
To receive this free service, call 877-445-8763. You will be asked to leave your name and phone number. An attorney will then call you back during the work week (Monday through Friday). The toll-free number is operational daily around the clock. A Spanish-speaking attorney is available.
No member of the volunteer attorney group will accept fee-generating cases. Their services are authorized only to assist in resolving issues arising out of the disaster. The Young Lawyers Section Disaster Legal Relief Committee has also established a website for disaster information at: www.kydisasterlegalrelief.com.
Disaster survivors are encouraged to register their damage, large or small, for assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for people with hearing or speech disabilities. The telephone lines are staffed daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT until further notice. Help is available in almost any language.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.