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Georgia Legal Services Program coordinating legal assistance for disaster survivors

Monday, May 02, 2011

  • Mike Monahan
  • State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project
  • Source: Georgia > Georgia Online Justice Community

The Georgia Legal Services Program is providing disaster legal assistance to low-income Georgians in its service territory.

The recent tornado outbreak has affected thousands of Georgians who live in areas served by Georgia Legal Services Program. For the past 16 years, the program has provided disaster legal services, lending help to Georgians with ID replacement issues, contract and repair disputes, real property insurance matters and other disaster-related legal needs.

In Georgia, 25 counties have been declared federal disaster areas.  People living in these 25 counties who have been affected by the disaster are eligible for federal assistance.  If you live in Bartow, Catoosa, Cherokee, Coweta, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Greene, Habersham, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Lumpkin, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Spalding, Troup, Upson, Walker or White Counties and you need legal help or information due to the April 27-28, 2011 tornado outbreak in Georgia, contact your local office of Georgia Legal Services Program for more information.

Georgia Legal Services Program and the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project will team up to recruit and train volunteer lawyers to help deliver disaster legal services. 

Volunteer lawyers will be trained to provide advice and brief services on issues related to real property insurance, identity card replacement, contracts for repairs, landlord/tenant issues, disaster public benefits and other matters.

If you are a lawyer interested in joining the disaster law pro bono team, send an e-mail with your interest to Mike Monahan, State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project Director, at probono@gabar.org .

Georgia Legal Services Program and the Bar's Pro Bono Project host disaster law resources for lawyers at GeorgiaAdvocates.org .  The public can access disaster law legal education materials at LegalAid-GA.org.

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