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Free legal service for declared disaster-related fraud

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

People who have suffered devastating home and property losses during a disaster are often targeted by unscrupulous contractors, fly-by-night home repair scammers, and other con artists.

This is known as disaster fraud and some Louisiana flood survivors are being swindled, but FEMA has a program that can help.

Disaster Legal Services (DLS) provides free legal assistance to low-income survivors who aren’t able to hire an attorney for issues after a declared disaster. Members of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLA) will counsel, advise, and provide legal representation in cases that don’t generate a fee.

Survivors should be aware that there are some limitations on disaster legal services. For example, assistance is not available for cases that will produce a fee (i.e., cases where fees are paid as part of a court settlement). Such cases are referred to a lawyer referral service.

DSL has assisted thousands of survivors with post-disaster related matters including:

  • Insurance claims for doctor and hospital bills.
  • Claims for property loss or loss of life.
  • Drawing up new wills or other legal papers
  • Help with home repair contracts and contractors.
  • Advice on problems with landlords.

To request legal help through DLS call 1-800-310-7029 or visit www.fema.gov or www.disasterlegalaid.org.

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