Lawyers to give free legal advice to Oklahoma storm survivors

Ponca City Now - June 13, 2019 2:53 pm

Oklahoma lawyers are ready to lend a hand to survivors of the recent storms by offering no-cost, disaster-related legal advice.

Through the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Disaster Relief program and a partnership with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma (LASO), Oklahoma Indian Legal Services (OILS), and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, legal help is now available for those impacted by the recent storms in Canadian, Creek, Delaware, Kay, Logan, Mayes, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Payne, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties.

For assistance with legal help related to the storms, visit www.okbar.org/disaster to complete a short legal assistance form or call toll-free 888-602-8494 anytime to leave contact information for follow up.

OBA President Charles “Chuck” Chesnut of Miami said, “Oklahoma attorneys have a history of volunteering when disasters strike, and with many people working together we want to help in the recovery of Oklahomans who have suffered losses.”

Lawyers are prepared to help survivors with assistance securing FEMA and other government benefits; life, medical and property insurance claims; home repair contracts and contractors; replacement of wills and other vital legal documents destroyed in the disaster; consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures; mortgage-foreclosure problems and landlord-tenant problems.

There are limitations on disaster legal services.  Legal counsel will be provided in response to the damages caused by the recent severe weather and the need for quick advice.  Representation or legal services beyond basic information may require the client and attorney to enter into a separate agreement.

Lawyers are also available to speak to survivors in person at FEMA-coordinated multi-agency resource centers and disaster recovery centers for the next several weeks.

Leading the OBA’s efforts to help storm survivors is Molly Aspan of Tulsa, OBA Disaster Relief Committee chairperson.

 

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