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Two days after the worst tornado disaster of the past 60 years, Joplin area residents are taking their first tentative steps at recovering. Missourians in Poplar Bluff and Cape Girardeau areas are still not sure how much damage has been done to their farms and homes. In the weeks and months ahead, those affected by these two disasters will be rebuilding their lives with the help of Missouri lawyers, led by the Young Lawyers' Section Council and with the cooperation of the ABA YLD. (Volunteer Here)

SEMA and FEMA Will Refer Victims to Missouri Bar Volunteer Lawyer Effort

The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) coordinate disaster relief for storm victims. Local Jasper County lawyers are currently doing all they can to help victims. And SEMA and FEMA are letting storm victims know that volunteer Missouri lawyers from throughout the state are also ready to answer their legal questions and to provide legal advice for free.

Victims Can Call Missouri Bar Toll-Free to Request Legal Help
A special toll-free telephone number has been established at The Missouri Bar to receive requests for legal help. All calls are screened, and then referred to volunteer attorneys who agree to offer a telephone consultation, providing free legal advice for disaster-related problems.

Volunteer Lawyers Cannot Accept Fees
Volunteer lawyers must agree not to accept fee generating cases from the disaster victims they help. Volunteer lawyers will answer most legal questions by telephone. Callers who need representation in court or who have issues requiring fee-generating services should be referred to the bar’s lawyer referral service.

The type of problems that lawyers can expect to be asked about include:
•    Assistance with insurance claims (life, medical, property, etc.)
•    Counseling on landlord/tenant problems
•    Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies, and procedures
•    Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in a major disaster