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News Release
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March 12, 2012

 

State Bar offers free legal assistance to tornado victims

 

INDIANAPOLIS (March 12, 2012) – The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) has established a toll-free legal aid line for victims of the recent tornados in Southeast Indiana. President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster for Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington counties.

 

Victims who call for legal information will be matched with local lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal consultations on matters such as insurance claims, home repair contracts, landlord issues and replacing legal documents.

 
"I am confident that Indiana lawyers will to come to the aid of their colleagues and neighbors in Southeast Indiana to assist with specific legal needs," said ISBA President C. Erik Chickedantz. "The response of lawyers volunteering to help already has been gratifying and services like these can help to ease the burden for victims of these deadly tornados."

 

Victims facing legal issues may call the ISBA at 1.800.266.2581 to speak with an attorney. Please note that the toll-free number will operate Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT). Messages can be left at any time.

 

The southern Indiana law firm Wyatt Tarrant & Combs and Indiana Legal Services – New Albany have already agreed to work with the ISBA to provide this free legal service.

 

Additional Resources:

Tornado victims can also visit the Clark Legal Self Help Center on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Clark Circuit Court located at 501 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville, IN 47130. For more information, visit www.clarklegalselfhelp.com. For questions, please contact Sherry Routh at 812.285.6304 or srouth@co.clark.in.us.

 
Founded in 1896, the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) is the single largest legal organization in the state. With more than 12,000 members, the ISBA serves and advocates on behalf of its members, their clients and the public interest as the independent voice of the legal profession. The ISBA’s office is located in downtown Indianapolis. For more information about the State Bar, visit www.inbar.org.

 

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Media Contact: Carissa Long, Asst. Director of Communications, ISBA, 800.266.2581, clong@inbar.org

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