Community Outreach Coordinator Alaina Byers said volunteer attorneys can be from anywhere in the state. Flood victims will contact the state bar at (800) 266-2581 and leave their contact information and legal issue. The ISBA will pass along the information to an attorney who will contact the caller directly by phone. The calls will take about 15 minutes, she said.
Byers said the hotline is only for flood-related legal matters such as insurance claims, home repair contracts, or replacing legal documents. Right now, the free legal help is only available to residents of the eight counties President George W. Bush has approved for federal assistance - Bartholomew, Hancock, Johnson, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Vermillion, and Vigo. As more counties are approved for federal assistance, those residents will be able to use the hotline.
Residents who sustained losses as a result of the flooding can call the toll-free number Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. Byers said the number is up and running and will continue as long as needed.
Lawyers interested in volunteering can contact Byers at the state bar association by phone at (800) 266-2581, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.