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  • November 21, 2018

    Help for Victims of Wisconsin Flooding: Legal Hotline

    Spread the word: The deadline is coming up quickly to apply for federal assistance for those affected by the floods in Wisconsin earlier this year. You can volunteer through the State Bar to help victims of disaster with legal issues.
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    Nov. 21, 2018 – Do you know community members – or clients – impacted by the flooding in Wisconsin earlier this year?

    Victims of the devastating floods and storms in August and September may call the State Bar of Wisconsin hotline at (877) 947-5291 if they are facing legal issues and are unable to afford a lawyer. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions may also be submitted online at

    The types of legal assistance available include:

    • assistance with securing Federal Emergency Management Agency and other government benefits available to disaster survivors;

    • help with life, medical, and property insurance claims;

    • assistance with home repair contracts and contractors;

    • replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster;

    • help with consumer protection matters, remedies, and procedures;

    • counseling on mortgage foreclosure problems;

    • counseling on landlord-tenant problems.

    The service allows callers to receive limited legal assistance from a volunteer lawyer. The hotline is a partnership between the State Bar of Wisconsin, the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and others.

    FEMA Assistance: Registration Deadline is Dec. 17, 2018

    With federal disaster declarations made in affected counties, help is available. Individuals, families, and businesses in Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Marquette, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon counties are eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance.

    Residents and businesses in federally declared counties can register with FEMA at or (800) 621–3362.

    The last day to register for FEMA assistance is Dec. 17, 2018.

    How to Give Help

    Jeff Brown, State Bar pro bono coordinator, said the hotline is receiving calls from flood victims with insurance issues and other matters.

    You can help by volunteering to:

    For information on other pro bono opportunities, visit the pro bono site on

    “We always need volunteers,” Brown said, “but we especially need them now.”

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