Lawyers Offer Free Legal Aid To 2020 Wildfire Victims Across Oregon
Oregon wildfire victims can access free legal aid, as they attempt to recover and rebuild from the most destructive season in state history.
The Oregon State Bar, FEMA, the Red Cross, and the American Bar Association partnered up for what’s called the Disaster Legal Services program. Their pro bono attorneys stand ready to assist people who’ve found their lives upended by this year’s fires.
Kateri Walsh of the Oregon State Bar says past the initial shock of the destruction, legal struggles begin to set in for survivors.
“FEMA benefits are one major legal area where we are providing lawyers to help with that," she told KLCC.
"The other big area right now, people are beginning to file their insurance claims and that can be very challenging particularly after a fire when you’ve lost a lot of your documentation, etcetera.”
Other areas include landlord-tenant disputes, mortgage foreclosures, and contracts for housing repairs.
Wildfires in Oregon this year destroyed 1.2 million acres and 4,026 residences.
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