Free legal assistance offered by bar, ABA and FEMA

LITTLE ROCK, May 5, 2014 A toll-free legal aid line is now available for victims of the state's recently declared disaster area in Faulkner County. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer, is a partnership between the Arkansas Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Victims facing legal issues who are unable to afford a lawyer may call (844) 344-7904 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. central time Monday through Friday to request assistance. Messages can be left at any time. Callers should identify that they are seeking disaster-related legal assistance.{} Victims who qualify for assistance will be matched with Arkansas lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help. The type of legal assistance available includes: {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Assistance with securing FEMA and other government benefits available to disaster victims {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Help with home repair contracts and contractors {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Counseling on landlord-tenant problems