November 6, 2012
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION SETS UP
LEGAL HOTLINE TO ASSIST STORM VICTIMS
1-800-699-5636 Toll-free Number for Legal
New Yorkers with legal problems related to Superstorm Sandy can
receive free advice from volunteer lawyers through a program sponsored
by the New York State Bar Association, President Seymour W. James, Jr.
"We know there will be a great need for legal assistance in the
coming weeks," said James (The Legal Aid Society in New York City). "We
are grateful to attorneys who go above and beyond to serve their
Volunteer attorneys will answer storm-related questions about
insurance, real estate issues (landlord-tenant and other property
disputes) and general legal matters, such as replacing missing wills and
Storm victims seeking legal advice can call a toll-free hotline:
1-800-699-5636. They will receive the name and phone number of a
volunteer attorney. Callers will be eligible for a free legal
consultation of up to 30 minutes, either by phone or in person.
Individuals whose applications for emergency assistance are rejected
by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be able to speak
with an attorney about how to appeal the decision.
The Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service
(LRIS) is coordinating the program in partnership with the American Bar
Association’s Young Lawyers Division. They are working closely
with local bar associations, legal assistance providers, community
programs and local officials in storm-battered areas of the state.
Attorneys wishing to volunteer can visit www.nysba.org/DisasterVolunteerSandy
or call 518-463-3200.
The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest
voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in