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December 05, 2011

Free Legal Services Available to Victims of Virginia Earthquake


Attorneys from around the commonwealth are offering free legal assistance to victims of the earthquake that caused extensive damage in Virginia in August 2011.

People who suffered damage from the earthquake 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 earthquake.  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 Emergency Legal Response Plan offered jointly by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference and the Virginia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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: Dec 05, 2011