Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Free legal assistance for Irma victims

The Tampa Bay area may have been spared the worst of Hurricane Irma, but residents and homeowners still must deal with a myriad of problems brought on by the monster storm.

If those issues require legal assistance but money is too tight to hire an attorney, a hotline has been set up to help.

The number is 1-866-550-2929. You can reach Florida lawyers there who have volunteered to provide qualified residents assistance with the following:

• Securing FEMA and other benefits.

• Making life, medical and property insurance claims.

• Dealing with home repair contractors.

• Replacing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the hurricane.

• Helping with consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures.

• Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems or landlord/tenant issues.

Callers can leave a message at any time, in English or Spanish. Calls should be returned within two business days between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

There are some limitations: For example, assistance is not available for cases in which fees are paid as part of a settlement or award from a court.

The hotline is operated through a partnership between the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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