ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia residents in the 25 federally declared counties affected by the April 27 and 28 storms can request the assistance of a lawyer through a toll-free legal aid line operated by the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division/American Bar Association.
The service is provided by Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Bar of Georgia.
Those with legal issues arising from the severe storms that struck Georgia and who are unable to afford a lawyer can request assistance 24 hours a day by calling 1-866-584-8027. Callers will be asked to leave a voice mail message. A volunteer attorney will return the call within 24 – 48 hours.
A Spanish-speaking attorney may be requested.
Legal services available to qualifying individuals include:
- Assistance with issues concerning state and federal programs
- Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims
- Help with home repair contracts
- Replacement of wills and other legal documents destroyed in the disaster
- Assistance with consumer protection, remedies and procedures
- Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems
- Counseling on landlord/tenant problems
There are some limitations on disaster legal services. For example, assistance is not available for cases that will produce a fee (such as cases where attorneys are paid part of a settlement awarded by the court). Cases that may generate a fee are referred to a local lawyer referral service.
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.