Emergency Legal Services
EMERGENCY LEGAL SERVICES FOLLOWING HURRICANE MATTHEW
A disaster declaration has been issued in the Hampton Roads area following the devastating flooding accompanying Hurricane Matthew. In conjunction with the ABA and Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia, the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference is offering free legal assistance to those residents affected by the flooding in the independent cities of Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO PROVIDE LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Emergency Legal Advice and Assistance Volunteer Form (.pdf) - please complete no later than December 5, 2016
Victims of the flooding will use a toll free number to be referred to a volunteer lawyer. The lawyer will then be sent information on the referral but it is the responsibility of the disaster victim to contact the lawyer by phone.
Examples of legal assistance available include:
- Assistance with securing FEMA and other benefits available to disaster survivors;
- Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims;
- Help with home repair contracts and contractors;
- Counseling on landlord/tenant and mortgage-foreclosure problems;
- Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster; and
- Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies, and procedures.
The YLC is setting up a training CLE slated for early December. In the meantime, please consider volunteering prior to the training as the results of the flooding continue to affect those Tidewater residents.
To assist, please complete and return the volunteer registration form no later than December 5, 2016.
This Emergency Legal Services Committee, in conjunction with VBA-YLD, has developed and implemented a statewide Emergency Legal Services Response Plan, which includes training volunteers and working with other bar organizations to establish communication plans in the event of natural disasters and other declared emergencies.