You may face many challenges when trying to recover after a disaster. Some may seem out of your control. But there are laws that can help — and there is free legal assistance available on these issues for low-income Americans who qualify, depending on monthly income and other factors. Check with a legal aid office in your area to apply for free assistance.
Some of these issues arise in the first few weeks or months after a disaster, but many come up later, even after a year.
If you are looking for help with a civil legal problem, use this tool to enter an address or city to find an LSC-funded legal aid organization near you.
The American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division has teamed up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create Disaster Legal Services (DLS) — a program designed to help survivors navigate the aftermath of presidentially- declared disasters. The DLS program provides immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors—at no charge.
Issues where DLS can help include:
Learn more through this short video.