Disaster Assistance May Include Free Legal Help

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Release date: 
August 17, 2010
Release Number: 
1925-021

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- If the July storms and flooding left you entangled in a legal issue, free Disaster Legal Services may be able to help.

Applicants who have limited income or who are unable to obtain legal counsel on their own can apply for free legal services for disaster-related legal problems. To be eligible, they need to live, work or own a business in Carter, Lewis, Madison, Mason, Pike or Rowan counties.

The toll-free number for Disaster Legal Services is 877-445-8763. Callers may receive assistance with issues such as landlord/tenant problems, legal documents lost in the disaster, home repair contracts, and medical and property insurance claims.

Disaster survivors facing legal issues who are unable to afford a lawyer may call between 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Monday through Friday to request assistance.  Messages can be left at any time. 

Callers should identify that they are seeking disaster-related legal assistance. Those who qualify will
be matched with Kentucky lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help or referred to the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky.

Assistance is not available for cases that could produce a fee. These cases will be referred to a local attorney referral service.

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management requested Disaster Legal Services as part of the recovery to help people affected by the disaster declared July 23 by President Obama. The Federal Emergency Management Agency funds the administrative costs of the program, which is coordinated through the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association and implemented in Kentucky
by the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Disaster Relief Committee.

“We welcome this opportunity to partner with FEMA, the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, and the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc., to provide free legal assistance to Kentuckians who suffered from the July flooding,” said Scott Laufenberg, chair of the Disaster Legal Relief Committee for the Kentucky Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who need help and we stand ready to assist those requiring guidance with their legal affairs in the aftermath of the storm,” Laufenberg said.

Additional information, photos and links for this and other open disasters can be found at www.kyem.ky.gov and www.fema.gov.

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.

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