Victims of devastating floods affecting 20 counties can get free legal consultation from volunteer lawyers, New York State Bar Association President Vincent E. Doyle announced today.

"The State Bar members have a long tradition of reaching out to help individuals in times of need. We are pleased to again offer our assistance," said Doyle of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo LLP).
  
Attorneys will be available to answer questions about insurance, property disputes, landlord-tenant matters and general legal matters, such as replacing a missing will or other documents. The State Bar's Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) is coordinating the program.

Flood victims seeking legal advice should call LRIS at 1-800-342-3661. Callers will be given the name and telephone number of a volunteer attorney. Callers will receive a free 30-minute consultation, either in-person or by telephone.

The LRIS puts New Yorkers in touch with lawyers and local bar referral services, legal aid societies, legal service programs, state agencies and mediation groups. It serves 44 counties throughout the state and receives more than 15,000 calls each year.

The federal government has declared 20 counties disaster areas.  They include Albany, Clinton, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, and Westchester counties.

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest state voluntary bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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