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March 10, 2017

Call for volunteer lawyers to provide legal services to help recent storm victims recover

The Missouri Bar is activating its Disaster Recovery Legal Assistance Hotline for residents impacted by recent tornadoes in the Western Missouri communities of Oak Grove, Buckner-Tarsney, Lee's Summit and Odessa. Missouri lawyers who want to volunteer to answer questions and to provide pro bono legal advice via telephone to help these storm survivors can sign up online here.  

Lawyers who complete the volunteer form will be provided with detailed information and resource materials related to participation in Missouri Bar coordinated disaster relief pro bono legal service. Volunteer lawyers can identify areas of practice expertise when completing the form.

Lawyers who have expertise in landlord-tenant and real estate property/mortgage practice areas are likely to be needed first.  

The Missouri Bar activates its Disaster Recovery Legal Assistance Hotline following events or natural disasters in order to aid Missouri communities in need. Those seeking legal assistance should call 1-800-829-4128 – a special toll-free number – to request free legal help. All calls are screened and then referred to volunteer lawyers who agree to offer a telephone consultation, providing free legal advice for disaster-related problems. Callers who need representation in court or who have issues requiring fee-generating services will be referred to the appropriate services.

Volunteer lawyers can expect to help storm survivors with the following:

  • Assistance with medical and property insurance claims
  • Counseling on landlord-tenant and real estate property and mortgage questions
  • Help with home repair contracts and contractors
  • Replacement of wills and other important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster
  • Consumer protections such as price-gouging and avoiding scams in the rebuilding process

Missouri lawyers have a strong track record of aiding Missourians in need by volunteering their services through various programs, including the Disaster Recover Legal Assistance Hotline. To learn more about pro bono opportunities for lawyers, visit www.mobarprobono.org.