Immediately after a natural disaster, Legal Aid of North Carolina partners with the North Carolina Bar Association, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division to provide free legal assistance to disaster survivors through the North Carolina Disaster Legal Services program. Volunteer attorneys are a crucial part of this effort. If you are an attorney who would like to donate your time and talents to disaster survivors, click the link below to fill out the volunteer form.
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We need your support to help survivors of natural disasters. Legal Aid of North Carolina helps victims of disasters with their civil legal needs and is a sustained presence throughout the recovery process. For the most vulnerable in our state, a disaster can set off a chain-reaction including loss of employment, homelessness and other obstacles. For the months and years after a disaster, Legal Aid of North Carolina helps put lives back together by providing:
Assistance with securing FEMA and other benefits available to disaster survivors
Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims
Help with home repair contracts and contractors
Replacing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster
Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures for victims of fraud
Assisting with mortgage/foreclosure and landlord/tenant problems
Our work begins with coordinating with other disaster relief organizations on prevention and on early outreach to North Carolinians who might be displaced by the disaster. Right away, Legal Aid of North Carolina is there to: answer calls about legal issues like applying for FEMA relief, help survivors replace key documents like birth certificates and assist with insurance claims. In months and years following a disaster like Florence, Legal Aid of North Carolina continues to help our communities with: filing appeals when relief is denied, providing protection from fraud, and empowering clients to rebuild their lives when they're bogged down by red-tape and other legal obstacles.
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