Free legal services offered to disaster victims

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) – Not only do natural disasters leave behind physical, emotional and mental challenges, it can also leave victims with legal troubles.

Free legal services are being offered to Faulkner, Pulaski, Randolph and White county residents who were affected by the April 27 storm that caused a tornado and flooding.  The service is provided through a partnership among the Arkansas Bar Association, American Bar Association and FEMA.

To request a lawyer, disaster survivors can call toll free to 844-344-7904. The lines are opened from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and voice messages can be left at any time. Callers should state the reason they are seeking disaster-related legal assistance and they will be paired with an Arkansas lawyer who has volunteered to help. All calls are confidential.

The types of legal assistance offered include:

  • Assistance with insurance claims—life, medical, property, etc.
  • Help with replacing legal papers such as wills.
  • Advice on problems with landlords.
  • Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems.
  • Help with home repair contracts and contractors or with building permits.

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