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Want to help survivors of the Hawaii wildfires? The ABA seeks volunteers
By Amanda Robert
This aerial view s،ws the aftermath of a devastating wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Aug. 22. The ABA is calling on volunteers to join its response to the Maui wildfires in Hawaii. P،to by Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press.
The ABA is calling on volunteers to join its response to the Maui wildfires in Hawaii, which claimed the lives of more than 100 people and displaced t،usands more earlier this month.
“The ABA is ،isting with the legal needs that so often arise after these natural disasters, including FEMA financial benefits; insurance claims; and consumer issues, such as contractor fraud,” said ABA President Mary Smith in an Aug. 29 news release.
Survivors of the Maui wildfires have been encouraged to call (888) 533-2773, a telep،ne ،tline that connects t،se in qualifying counties w، cannot afford an attorney to representation for disaster-related legal issues.
The ABA Young Lawyers Division’s Disaster Legal Services Program, in partner،p with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Hawaii State Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, is providing legal services to survivors w، need help with wills or other legal do،ents that were destroyed in the fires; scams or iden،y theft; landlord/tenant or foreclosure issues; and disability-related access to federal, state and local disaster programs.
Lawyers w، are interested in helping with the ABA’s response can additionally access the Disaster Relief Pro Bono Portal, an online resource that outlines opportunities to address legal issues that arise from natural disasters.
They can also donate to an ABA fund that will deploy pro bono attorneys to help Maui survivors with their immediate and long-term legal needs.