BISMARCK, N.D. – When a disaster creates legal issues for a survivor, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division may be able to provide free legal assistance. Survivors in Burleigh, McHenry, Morton, Renville, and Ward counties are now eligible for this assistance.
Free legal services are available to individuals who are unable to secure adequate legal services, whether the lack of resources existed before or as a result of the disaster.
Call the Disaster Legal Services Hotline at 1-800-634-5263 for help. The service will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Voicemail is set up to record messages for after hours and weekends. A volunteer attorney will return the call within 24 hours.
Applications can also be submitted online at www.legalassist.org. Callers and online applicants should identify that they are seeking flood-related legal assistance. Survivors will be matched with North Dakota lawyers who have volunteered to provide legal assistance.
The legal assistance typically includes:
- Help with insurance claims (life, medical, property, etc.);
- Counseling on landlord/tenant problems;
- Help with consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures; and
- Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) underwrites the disaster legal services through an agreement with the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.