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Lawyers offer flood victims free legal advice

September 15, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

ALBANY - Homeowners and tenants affected by recent devastating floods across New York are eligible for free legal consultation through a program sponsored by the New York State Bar Association.

Assistance is being offered to flood victims throughout the state, not just to those living in the 24 counties that have been declared federal disaster areas.Volunteer attorneys will be available to answer questions about insurance, property disputes, landlord-tenant matters and general legal matters, such as replacing a missing will, medical proxy or other documents.

"The State Bar members have a long tradition of reaching out to help individuals in times of need. We are pleased to again offer our assistance," said Vincent E. Doyle III of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo LLP). The Lawyer Referral and Information Service is coordinating the program.

Flood victims seeking legal advice may call LRIS at 1-800-342-3661. Callers will be given the name and telephone number of a volunteer attorney. Callers will receive a free consultation of at least 30 minutes, either in person or by telephone.

Attorneys wishing to volunteer their services to flood victims may call LRIS at 1-800-342-3661.

The federal government has declared 24 counties disaster areas, including Clinton, Essex and Warren counties.

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest state voluntary bar association in the nation.



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