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Free Disaster Legal Services Available

Release date: 
June 11, 2010
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WALLINGFORD, Conn. -- Free legal help is available to Connecticut residents affected by the severe storms and flooding March 12 – May 17. Residents can request free legal assistance by calling 877-342-2331.

The hot line, operated by the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and offers assistance in Spanish as well as English. When the line is not staffed, callers can leave a message with their name, phone number and address.

The free help is available to people with legal problems related to this spring’s disaster and who cannot afford an attorney.

Disaster-related legal needs can include:

  • counseling on landlord/tenant problems;
  • help with securing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other government benefits available to those affected by the disaster;
  • assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims;
  • help with home repair contracts and contractors;
  • replacement of wills and other legal documents destroyed in the disaster;
  • counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems;
  • help in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures.

The service is organized by the state bar association with assistance from FEMA and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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