Bar Association Helps Ike Victims

The Houston Bar Association is stepping up its out-reach to help victims of Hurricane Ike who need legal assistance or advice on managing their recovery from the storm. Jim Bell reports.

Like most websites, the Houston Bar Association’s website has answers to Frequently Asked Questions about legal problems, but bar president Travis Sales says these FAQ’s are answered with videos.

“For example if they’ve got a question about FEMA assistance, they click on the subtopic of ‘FEMA Assistance’ and they’ll actually see a video played with a volunteer lawyer talking to them about common issues about FEMA assistance, application process, what it covers, what it doesn’t  cover.”

Sales says the videos answer a wide range of legal questions that can come up after a major disaster like a hurricane. 

“There’s property insurance, there’s landlord-tenant issues, there’s employment issues, of course there’s insurance FAQ’s and discussion. So there’s a number of topics there that I think are of interest to the public.”

Sales says if the videos don’t provide all the information someone needs, they can call the Bar Association’s free legal line between 3pm and 5pm Monday through Friday next week. Volunteer lawyers will answer the phones and dispense free legal advice. The Bar Association will also have free legal clinics around the city, where people can talk with a lawyer face to face. 

The phone number for the Bar Association Legal Line is 713-759-1133.  The toll-free number is 866-959-1133.  It will be open from 3pm through 5pm every day next week.

Free legal clinics will be at the Tracy Gee Center on Tuesdays from 9:00am till 1:00pm;  the Sunnyside Multipurpose Center on Wednesdays from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm;  and the Aldine Youth Facility on Thursdays from 9:00 till 1:00pm.  

Jim Bell, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.

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