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Free Legal Advice Program Set Up to Help Storm Victims

Volunteer lawyers will answer questions on everything from insurance issues to FEMA denials.

Community residents facing legal issues connected to storm-related challenges can now tap a new toll-free legal hotline established by the New York State Bar Association.

Storm victims who call 1-800-699-5636 will be given contact information of a volunteer attorney to get answers on a variety of issues, from insurance and real estate concerns to general legal matters such as replacing vital documents such as wills.

Callers will be eligible for a free legal consultation of up to 30 minutes, either by phone or in person.

Individuals whose applications for emergency assistance are rejected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be able to speak with an attorney about how to appeal the decision.

The Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service is coordinating the program in partnership with the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division.

Attorneys wishing to volunteer can visit this website or call 518-463-3200.

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