WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2018 — Victims of Hurricane Michael in Florida can get legal assistance by calling a hotline set up by a partnership among the Disaster Legal Services Program of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), The Florida Bar and legal aid agencies around the state.
To access help from volunteer lawyers, disaster victims should call 866-550-2929, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday (messages can be left after hours). When connected, callers should identify that they are seeking disaster-related legal assistance and give brief details of the assistance needed. Individuals who qualify for assistance are then matched with lawyers who have volunteered to provide legal assistance.
Disaster-related legal issues include landlord/tenant problems, insurance claims, FEMA claims and consumer issues such as contractor fraud.
Since September 2007, the ABA YLD has responded to more than 180 declared disasters in 44 states and four U.S. territories. In the last year, hundreds of lawyers volunteered to provide legal assistance to those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Florence; as well as wildfires in the West and other natural disasters.
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