Natural Disasters

ABA partners to provide legal hotline for California fire victims

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California Wildfire

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Fire victims in eight Northern California counties who can’t afford a lawyer can call a new hotline to receive free legal assistance.

The hotline number is 415-575-3120, according to a press release (PDF) and the Napa Valley Register.

The ABA’s Young Lawyers Division is operating the hotline in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Bay Area Resilience Collaborative and the Legal Aid Association of California.

The hotline is currently available to survivors of fires in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

Callers to the hotline can get help with FEMA and other government benefits, home repair contracts, replacement of wills and other legal documents, consumer protection issues, mortgage-foreclosure problems, and landlord-tenant problems.

Two other hotline numbers are also available. Napa County residents can call the Bay Area Legal Aid Legal Advice Hotline at 800-551-5554. Residents of Napa and Sonoma Counties can call the Health Care Consumer Center at 855-693-7285 for help with Medi-Cal and medical insurance coverage issues.

The ABA Young Lawyers Division has developed similar hotlines for the individuals affected the recent hurricanes.

See also: “Island lawyers start to pick up the pieces in the wake of hurricanes”

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