Legal Response Mobilized in Wake of Hurricane Irma; Harvey Help Still Needed

Lawyers are serving as critical “second responders” for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and now Irma. The Florida Bar is already responding to the anticipated legal needs from Hurricane Irma through pro bono and fundraising efforts. It has raised the income cap for use of Florida Free Legal Answers, and has had a solid volunteer response from Florida attorneys. Additionally, it launched a Hurricane Legal Aid Fund that will support civil legal aid for hurricane survivors. “Civil legal aid organizations often help clients not only in the immediate aftermath of a disaster but for years afterwards as they work to rebuild their lives and businesses," Florida Bar Foundation President Jewel White said. The need for legal support continues in Texas, as NBC reports that a South Texas legal hotline for hurricane victims has been receiving over 100 calls a day, mostly involving landlord and tenant issues. Tennessee attorneys can provide pro bono support for hurricane survivors in Texas through the State Bar of Texas website and Texas Free Legal Answers.


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