ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Free legal assistance is available to low-income Alaskans who need help with earthquake-related issues such as home repair contracts and contractors; life, medical and property claims; FEMA applications and appealing FEMA decisions.
A volunteer lawyer is available to provide free legal advice Thursdays and Saturdays through March 30 at the disaster recovery center located at Spenard Community Recreation Center, 2020 West 48th Ave., Anchorage. Hours for legal advice are Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m.
Alaska residents can call 855-743-1001 to leave a message about legal issues arising from the Nov. 30 Cook Inlet earthquake. Calls will be returned within 24 to 48 hours.
Earthquake-related legal questions may also be submitted online to https://Alaska.FreeLegalAnswers.org/. There is no cost for the online service to individuals who meet minimum income requirements. It is not necessary to visit the Spenard center in Anchorage to receive assistance.
Disagreements often result after a disaster. Lawyers have the training and skills to help navigate those issues. Legal issues may include help securing other government benefits available to Alaskans as well as counseling on landlord-tenant issues and mortgage foreclosures.
Earthquake-related legal assistance can also include:
- replacement of will and other important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster;
- assistance with consumer protection issues such as price gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process.
Consultations with attorneys are confidential.