WEST DES MOINES, IOWA. -- Flood survivors in the five federally-declared disaster counties adjacent to the Missouri River may receive free disaster-related legal advice from an attorney, by calling The Iowa State Bar Association’s toll-free legal-aid hotline, operated by its Young Lawyers Division.
Survivors facing legal issues may call The Iowa State Bar Association’s hotline at (877) 775-8882, 24-hours a day, and leave a brief message with the following information, identifying:
- that you are seeking flood-related legal assistance;
- in which county you reside;
- your current contact information, including a telephone number where you can be reached.
Survivors who qualify for assistance are matched with Iowa lawyers, who have volunteered their time to provide free legal advice. (Note: this service is provided solely for legal issues arising from the flooding which occurred during the period of May 25 to August 1, 2011, in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, and Pottawattamie counties.)
Legal services, available to qualifying individuals, include:
- Assistance with securing FEMA and other federal and state benefits available to disaster survivors;
- Assistance with life, medical, and property insurance claims;
- Help with home-repair contracts and contractors;
- Replacement of wills, and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster;
- Assistance with consumer-protection matters, remedies and procedures;
- Counseling on mortgage foreclosure problems;
- Counseling on landlord-tenant issues.
Those needing legal assistance should also note that there can be limitations when requesting disaster legal services, which your assigned attorney will explain.
To determine whether your disaster-related issue qualifies for free legal assistance, call The Iowa State Bar Association hotline at (877) 775-8882.
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.