The North Carolina Bar Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Young Lawyers Divisions of the American Bar Association and Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), with support from the North Carolina Bar Foundation, are collaborating to provide immediate pro bono legal assistance to survivors of Hurricane Florence through the NC DLS program.
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We need your support to help Florence survivors. 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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