Polk County Residents Affected by Hurricane Ian Receive Free Legal Aid

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Polk County residents whose homes and businesses were damaged by Hurricane Ian are being offered free legal assistance.

A legal hotline has been set up for residents of affected Florida counties who cannot afford an attorney through Disaster Legal Services, in collaboration between the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association and the Federal Management Agency emergencies. The hotline can be reached by calling 866-550-2929.

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Some of the different issues callers can get help with include filing for FEMA and Small Business Administration benefits and:

  • Home repair contracts and property insurance claims
  • Restore wills and other legal documents destroyed during the disaster
  • Price gouging, scams or impersonation
  • Landlord or tenant issues, or threats of foreclosure
  • Disability-Related Access to Federal, State, and Local Disaster Programs

Callers are encouraged to leave a message if calling after hours. Hotline attorneys cannot help in all cases, such as where a settlement could result in legal fees or a reward. These cases can be referred to other legal aid workers.

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