ATLANTA If the September storms and flooding left you entangled in a legal issue, Free Disaster Legal Services may be able to help

Anyone in a county designated for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may use Disaster Legal Services.

The counties designated for Individual Assistance under President Obama’s major disaster declaration are: Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Heard, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Stephens and Walker.

Call toll-free 866-584-8027. Callers will be asked to leave a voice-mail message. A volunteer attorney will return the call within 24 hours. A Spanish-speaking attorney is available.

Callers may receive assistance with issues such as landlord/tenant problems, legal documents lost in the disaster, home repair contracts or contractors.

There are some limitations on Disaster Legal Services.  Assistance is not available, for instance, for cases that could produce a fee. Cases which could generate a fee are referred to a local attorney referral service.

Disaster Legal Services are provided by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar Association of Georgia and the American Bar Association.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.


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