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October 16, 2018

Virginia Attorneys Sought to Provide Online Pro Bono to North Carolina Survivors of Florence

A recent order of the North Carolina Supreme Court permits out-of-state lawyers to temporarily provide pro bono legal services to low- to moderate-income North Carolina residents affected by Hurricane Florence.

Interested lawyers can currently do this in two ways:

  1. ABA Free Legal Answers, an online portal that remotely connects low-income individuals with pro bono lawyers, adapted its North Carolina site to accept out-of-state volunteer registrations. After following the instructions at this link, volunteer attorneys can log in and provide answers 24/7/365 at their convenience. 
  2. The North Carolina Bar Association is soliciting attorney volunteers for its Disaster Legal Services Hotline. Lawyers can sign up for client referrals and phone intake here.  

“The areas affected by Hurricane Florence had not fully recovered from the economic impact of Hurricane Matthew that hit in September 2016,” says Virginia State Bar President Len Heath. “As a result, the impacted areas had already suffered economic stress prior to the arrival of Hurricane Florence.”

While the effects in Virginia were not as severe as in North Carolina, the Virginia State Bar opened its emergency legal services hotline in September, and Virginia Free Legal Answers is accepting eligible Virginians affected by natural disasters in the wake of Florence. Volunteer Virginia lawyers can also sign up to help natural disaster victims in the commonwealth. 

Virginia attorneys are encouraged to register to help both Virginians and North Carolina residents – and to use resources provided by the Virginia State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association

“Members of the Virginia State Bar have always been willing to help those in need,” says Heath. “I ask that you participate in providing the much-needed legal services to our friends in North Carolina.”

Updated: Oct 16, 2018