Posted by Dawn on September 26, 2001 at 12:57:46:
In Reply to: legal help for WTC survivors posted by chelsea on September 24, 2001 at 08:59:52:
: PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES FOR SURVIVORS AND
: FAMILIES OF ATTACK VICTIMS
: FROM THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION:
: As they begin to move past the initial shock of last week's deadly terrorist
: attacks on the United States, survivors and victims' families are faced with a
: number of difficult questions.
: "Do I have to continue paying rent even though I can't occupy my
: "Can I still use my spouse's employee benefits even though he or she is
: "How can I help the minor children of my missing neighbors?"
: To help survivors and victims' families address these and other critical legal
: questions, the American Bar Association and the Federal Emergency
: Management Agency have created a toll-free disaster legal services
: hotline. In addition, the ABA has created a Web site designed to provide critical
: information to victims of the attack, lawyers wishing to help victims, lawyers in
: need of disaster assistance, and military personnel who have legal needs as a
: result of the attack or because of active or reserve mobilization. The ABA Young
: Lawyers Division, pursuant to a long-standing agreement with FEMA, created the
: disaster legal services hotline for survivors and the families of attack victims.
: The toll-free hotline number is (866) 606-0626.
: Volunteer lawyers from six affected states and the District of Columbia will
: respond to calls to the hotline. More than 1,000 lawyers have already
: volunteered their assistance in this effort. In addition to the hotline, survivors
: and victims' families can visit the ABA's Web site,
: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/disaster.html, to obtain information about
: the many local pro bono and lawyer referral programs that are operating to
: address the needs of those affected by the attacks.
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