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.
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.
legal needs can include:
securing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other government
benefits available to those affected by the disaster;
life, medical and property insurance claims;
help with home
repair contracts and contractors;
wills and other legal documents destroyed in the disaster;
help in consumer
protection matters, remedies and procedures.
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
Families that fail to register will
not be eligible for assistance.