The North Carolina Bar Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association and Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), with support from the North Carolina Bar Foundation, are collaborating to provide immediate pro bono legal assistance to survivors of Hurricane Florence through the NC DLS program. Volunteer Expectations DLS pro bono attorneys agree to provide: - Basic counseling, advice and limited-scope representation; - Extended representation; and/or - Outreach at FEMA Recovery Centers Clients with cases that require more significant representation will be directed to the NCBA Lawyer Referral Service at 1.800.662.7660, M-F 8am-5pm (Spanish-speaking operators are available). Volunteer Training/Resource Materials Training and informational resource materials are available to support volunteer attorney work at www.ncbar.org/florence.

Project Frequency

Ongoing

Project Time Commitment

Volunteer Timeline A Legal Aid of NC staff member will pair you with a DLS hotline client referral after callers are processed through intake. Please note that you may not receive a referral immediately after signing up to serve as a volunteer -- please be patient, and stay engaged with us. We expect that NC residents affected by this disaster will have need for legal assistance for a year or more post-event. In the first few weeks, we expect that those affected by Hurricane Florence will be focused on initial FEMA/insurance claims, government benefits, school enrollment, landlord/tenant and real property issues, document replacement and income protection. Two to six months out from the event, we expect that those affected by the Hurricane will require assistance with FEMA/SBA appeals, housing displacement, repair and contractor scams, powers of attorney, and emergency custody and parenting order modifications. In the longer term (6+ months post-event), affected residents may need advice and assistance regarding foreclosure, insurance disputes, bankruptcy, and disaster relief tax applications.

Project Location

Remote Electronic (service completed by phone or internet)

Area of Law

  • Advance Directives (Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • etc.)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Benefits (Government
  • Veterans
  • etc.)
  • Consumer
  • Education
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Housing

Geographic Areas

  • Statewide

Project For

  • Newly Licensed Attorney
  • Attorney
  • Retired Attorney

Population Served

  • General Low Income
  • People who are Homeless

Skills to be Developed

  • Client Advice and Counseling
  • Document Drafting (Contracts
  • Advance Directives
  • Petitions
  • etc.)
  • Statutory Interpretation and Advocacy
  • Training Provided for Project Volunteers
    Yes
  • Volunteers Who Speak an Additional Language Requested for this Project
    Yes
  • Malpractice Insurance Provided for this Project
    Yes
  • Mentorship Provided for this Project
    No