Legal Assistance Available for Disaster-Related Problems

Disaster-related legal services are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through an agreement with the Young Lawyers division of the American Bar Association. The services provide assistance to low-income individuals who are unable to secure legal services to meet their disaster-related needs.

Legal advice is limited to cases that do not produce a fee. Cases that may generate a fee, such as cases where attorneys are paid part of the settlement, are turned over to the local lawyer referral service.

The assistance that local lawyers provide through FEMA’s Disaster Legal Services typically includes:
Help with insurance claims for doctor and hospital bills, loss of property, loss of life, etc.
Drawing up new wills, power of attorney and other legal documents lost in the disaster
Help with home repair contracts and contractors

For more information, call 855-424-5347 or visit