Oklahoma lawyers are providing free online legal advice to victims of this month's tornadoes, wind and hail storms.
Oklahomans who have suffered damage and loss as a result of recent storms may complete a form on the Oklahoma Bar Association's Web site at www.okbar.org/disasterrelief, and it will be forwarded to a volunteer attorney for assistance.
The OBA's Disaster Relief and Recovery Committee and the association's Young Lawyers Division have recruited volunteer lawyers to offer legal assistance.
OBA Young Lawyers Division Chairperson Molly Aspan of Tulsa said, "The time has come for us to step up and offer assistance to our communities. I know in some instances people have lost everything. The first responders have done a remarkable job in helping with immediate needs, but it is during this time as people begin to rebuild their lives that legal questions about insurance and property damage begin to take priority."
Advice is only being offered for legal questions related to the recent storms.
Those seeking assistance should include as many details about their situation in the online form as possible, including their name, location, e-mail address and phone number.
Once the online form has been submitted, it will be forwarded to a volunteer attorney coordinator who will assign the question to an attorney. All questions will be acknowledged and reviewed by the volunteer attorney within one business day of receipt. Questions submitted after normal business hours, on weekends or holidays will be responded to on the next business day.
Some questions can be answered briefly through an e-mail response. Some questions may require the assigned attorney contact storm victims by phone to further discuss their legal issue.
The 16,000-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma's legal community.
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