FEMA offering free legal help to Missouri flood victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says Missouri flood victims who need legal advice can get free help from it and its partners. 

The FEMA Disaster Legal Services program provides free legal help people with low incomes who can’t secure legal services to meet their disaster-related needs because of the disaster or were low income before the disaster. The program is limited to survivors of presidentially declared major disasters and is limited to cases that won’t produce a fee.

The toll free number for DLS in Missouri is 800-829-4128. FEMA says local legal aid providers and pro bono attorneys are available to assist with almost any legal issue that arises from a presidentially declared major disaster. 

They can help with the following types of disaster legal assistance:

  • Help with disaster-related health, property, life insurance claims, etc.
  • Replacement of wills and other important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster
  • Help with home repair contracts and contractors
  • Advice on problems with landlords
  • Counseling on mortgage and foreclosure problems
  • Consumer protections for issues like price gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process
  • Assistance securing FEMA benefit claims
  • Employment law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Civil Rights

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