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State Bar Association Adds New Counties to Disaster Response Initiative

Press contact:
Lori Rasmussen

Assistant Communications Director
Oklahoma Bar Association
1901 N. Lincoln Blvd.
P.O. Box 53036 | Oklahoma City, OK 73152
(405) 416-7017 | lorir@okbar.org

(Oklahoma City – July 2, 2013) A program aimed at providing free legal advice to disaster victims has been extended to those in LeFlore and Okmulgee counties. The assistance is being offered through the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Disaster Relief program and its partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

OBA President Jim Stuart of Shawnee said, “The presidential disaster declaration of May 20 was recently amended to include the additional counties. We have more than 250 Oklahoma lawyers standing by to assist anyone who needs help in these counties. We anticipate that the need for legal advice will become essential as rebuilding begins after the storms.

Victims seeking disaster-related legal advice can visit www.okbar.org to complete a legal assistance form or call toll-free 866-341-8416. Those seeking assistance are asked to provide as many details about their situations in the online form as possible. Applications of victims seeking help will be reviewed to determine the areas in which they need assistance and then paired with a volunteer attorney who has experience in those areas of the law.

Aid will be provided free of charge regarding insurance claims, landlord-tenant law, repair contracts, consumer protection, mortgage foreclosure, legal document replacement and more. Advice will only be offered for legal questions related to the recent storms. OBA Disaster Response and Relief Committee Chair Molly Aspan of Tulsa is spearheading the bar’s efforts to assist victims.

The program continues to be offered to residents of Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, Comanche, Creek, Garfield, Grant, Greer, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pawnee, Payne and Pottawatomie counties.

More information about the OBA’s disaster response efforts and historical information about the program is available on the OBA website at www.okbar.org/news/Recent/2013/OklahomaLawyers.aspx.