April 25, 2011
Free Legal Services Available to Victims of Virginia Weather Damage
Virginia attorneys are offering free legal assistance to victims of tornadoes and other severe weather across the commonwealth.
Beginning April 25, 2011, weather victims 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 repair solicitations, lost legal documents, and other legal problems resulting from severe weather damage. If possible, callers should have in hand legal documents — insurance policies, contracts, and leases, for example — that relate to their questions.
Governor Robert F. McDonnell declared a state of emergency throughout Virginia in response to damage from two tornadoes that struck Pulaski on April 8 and a series of severe storms throughout the state on April 16 that produced high winds, flash floods, power outages, structural damages, and a mudslide.
The free legal services are made possible through 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 the oldest and largest voluntary organization of Virginia lawyers and judges committed to service to the public and legal profession. It is dedicated to being the independent voice of the Virginia lawyer, and advancing the highest ideals of the profession through advocacy and volunteer service.