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May 09, 2008

Free Legal Services Available To Victims Of Virginia Tornadoes - updated

Additional Info To be listed as an Emergency Legal Services volunteer, attorneys must complete an Emergency Legal Services Training program.

The first training, a free one-hour telephone continuing legal education program, will be offered Wednesday, May 14, from noon to 1 p.m. Registration and course materials are available at

original post 5/8/08; updated 5/9/08


Attorneys from around the commonwealth are offering free legal assistance to victims of tornadoes that caused extensive damage in southeast and central Virginia on April 28, 2008.

Persons who suffered damage from the tornadoes can reach a volunteer attorney by calling the Virginia State Bar's Virginia Lawyer Referral Service (1-800-552-7977) on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The attorneys will provide advice about insurance issues, landlord-tenant problems, home repair contracts, home solicitation, lost legal documents and other legal problems resulting from the tornadoes. If possible, victims should have on hand any legal documents -- for example, insurance policies, contracts, leases, mortgage papers, and Social Security numbers -- that relate to their questions.

This public service is a part of the joint Emergency Legal Response Plan offered by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference and The Virginia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division.

The Virginia State Bar is a state agency that protects the public by educating and assisting lawyers to practice ethically and competently, and by disciplining those who violate the Supreme Court’s Rules of Professional Conduct, all at no cost to Virginia taxpayers.

The Virginia Bar Association is a voluntary organization committed to serving the public and the legal profession by promoting the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and excellence; working to improve the law and the administration of justice; and advancing collegial relations among lawyers.

Updated: May 09, 2008