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Legal services offered to storm victims

Limestone County tornado damage. Limestone County tornado damage.

Legal advice is being offered to victims of the April 28 tornadoes.

The volunteer lawyers program of the Alabama State Bar Association is offering free help for people in Limestone, DeKalb and Etowah counties. The Disaster Legal Services program is designed for low-income families.

Lawyers can help with issues such as insurance claims, home repair contracts and replacement of legal documents that were destroyed in the tornadoes. Other services include:

  • Counseling on landlord/tenant problems
  • Drafting of powers of attorney
  • Preparation of guardianships and conservatorships
  • Replacing wills and other documents that have been destroyed in the storms

The number for the Disaster Legal Services hotline is 1-888-857-8571. The hotline is open from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents in the Huntsville area of Limestone County can call 256-539-2275.

The hotline is part of an agreement between FEMA and the Alabama State Bar Association.

So far, FEMA has approved 4,500 registrations for people in the nine counties included in the disaster declaration, and the small business administration has approved 4.7-million in disaster recovery loans for homeowners and renters.

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