FEMA launches legal hot line
March 2, 2009
Free legal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is available for residents impacted by January’s severe weather.
The hot line, operated by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Recordings are available in English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese. Callers should leave a message. Members of the Young Lawyer’s Division will monitor the line daily, and a volunteer lawyer will contact callers on a weekday to gather more information.
Lawyers are available to answer questions about life, medical and property insurance claims; replacement of wills and other legal documents destroyed in the disaster; mortgage-foreclosure problems; and other issues.
Callers do not have to be registered with FEMA, but the service is designed to answer disaster-related legal questions. Lawyers willing to volunteer their legal services should also call the hot line.
The assistance is available to King County residents affected by the severe winter conditions Jan. 6-16.
Call FEMA’s toll-free hot line at 866-519-7099.