LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska flood survivors in the nine declared individual assistance counties adjacent to the Missouri River may request disaster-related advice from a lawyer using a toll-free legal aid line operated by Volunteer Lawyers of Nebraska through the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.
The number is 1-800-742-3005, which is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers may leave a message after hours and on weekends.
The service is for legal issues arising from flooding during the period May 24 through August 1, in the counties of Boyd, Burt, Cass, Dakota, Dixon, Douglas, Knox, Sarpy and Washington.
Legal services available to qualifying individuals include:
- Assistance with insurance claims (life, medical, property, etc.)
- Counseling on landlord/tenant problems
- Assistance with home repair contracts
- Assisting in consumer protection issues
- Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems
- Replacement of wills and other legal documents destroyed in the major disaster
- Drafting of power of attorney
- Preparation of guardianship documents
- Referring individuals to local and state agencies that may provide further assistance.
There are some limitations on disaster legal services. Those will be explained on an individual basis when required.
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.