NEW BERLIN, Wis.-- Those who were impacted by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that swept through Grant and Milwaukee counties July 20 through 24 may qualify for free legal services to resolve disaster-related legal problems. The service is offered by members of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s and the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Divisions, in cooperation with Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The State Bar’s toll-free Disaster Legal Services hotline is 877-WISLAW1 or 877-947-5291.
FEMA registrants with limited incomes who are unable to obtain legal counsel on their own and live, work or own a business in either Grant or Milwaukee county, as designated under President Obama’s disaster declaration on Sept. 18., may qualify for low- or no-cost legal assistance.
Local attorneys who volunteer their time can help individuals and business owners review basic legal questions regarding topics directly related to storm-related damage, such as:
- Insurance claims (life, medical, property, etc.);
- Landlord-tenant and other housing problems;
- Home repair contracts;
- FEMA registrations and appeals; and
- Consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures.
The hotline will be staffed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Those leaving a message will be contacted by an attorney within 24 hours.
State and FEMA disaster officials want to remind those who had losses resulting from the disaster to call FEMA to register for assistance at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with speech or hearing impairments may call TTY 800-462-7585. Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Registration is also possible online at www.DisasterAssistance.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.