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Free legal aid being offered for Kentucky flood survivors


Kentuckians are still picking up the pieces nearly a month after deadly floods devastated much of the eastern part of the commonwealth. Along with rebuilding comes the paperwork. Many people lost important documents and are filling out forms for assistance in the recovery process.

Some of that may require the services of a lawyer. Brianna Fenton is a spokeswoman for FEMA. She said the free legal aid being offered to survivors deals with a number of issues.

“Insurance claims for medical bills, loss of property and loss of life. They can also help with new wills that need to be made, powers of attorney and other legal papers that were lost during the disaster. They may be able to help with home repair contracts and contractors.”

She said this help is being offered through a collaboration of sources.

“This service is a partnership between FEMA, the American Bar Association- Young Lawyers Division, the Kentucky Bar Association and other Kentucky legal groups. This is for survivors who are facing disaster related issues that cannot afford an attorney.”

To access this assistance, flood survivors need to call the KBA Young Lawyers Section Disaster Legal Relief Committee hotline. That number can be found below:

KBA Young Lawyers Section Disaster Legal Relief Committee Hotline toll free at 844-478-0099. The number will be routed to a voicemail box. Calls are checked Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. 

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