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Governor Rell: Free Legal Help Available for March Storm Victims
 
For immediate release
June 11, 2010

CONTACT: Adam Liegeot, 860 524-7313

 

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that free legal help is available to Connecticut residents affected by the severe March storms and flooding.  Residents can request free legal assistance by calling 877-342-2331.

 

“This free help is available to Connecticut residents with legal problems and questions related to this spring’s disaster,” Governor Rell said.

 

The hotline, operated by the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and offers assistance in Spanish as well as English.  When the line is not staffed, callers can leave a message with their name, phone number and address.  The service is organized by the state bar association with assistance from FEMA and the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

 

Disaster-related legal needs can include:

  • counseling on landlord/tenant problems;
  • help with securing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other government benefits available to those affected by the disaster;
  • assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims;
  • help with home repair contracts and contractors;
  • replacement of wills and other legal documents destroyed in the disaster;
  • counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems;
  • help in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures.

Governor Rell continued to urge state residents to register their March storm damages by calling a FEMA hotline that has been set up to provide them with damage assistance.  Governor Rell said that potentially hundreds of families are at risk of missing out on aid for which they might be eligible, because they have not registered with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Families that fail to register will not be eligible for assistance.

Media contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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