FRANKFORT — Victims of the severe storms, flooding, mudslides and tornados that struck Kentucky on May 1 can receive free legal assistance by calling a toll-free number.
Victims who are unable to afford a lawyer may call 1-877-445-8763 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday to request assistance.
Messages can be left at any time.
Callers should say that they are seeking disaster-related legal assistance.
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Those who qualify for assistance will be matched with Kentucky lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help.
Information also can be found at www.kydisasterlegalrelief.com.
The type of legal assistance available includes:
■ Help with obtaining Federal Emergency Management Agency and other government benefits available to disaster victims
■ Help with life, medical and property insurance claims
■ Help with home-repair contracts and contractors
■ Replacement of wills and other important legal documents lost in the disaster
■ Help with consumer-protection matters, remedies and procedures
■ Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems
■ Counseling for problems with landlords and tenants
The counties involved are Adair, Allen, Anderson, Barren, Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Butler, Carter, Casey, Christian, Clark, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Franklin, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Hardin, Hart, Henry, Hopkins, Jackson, Jessamine, LaRue, Lee, Leslie, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston, Logan, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Menifee, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Nelson, Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, Warren, Wayne, Washington, Woodford and Wolfe.
The service is part of a partnership among the Kentucky Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Kentucky Legal Aid, Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc., the Legal Aid Society, Kentucky's Volunteer Lawyer Program and FEMA.