The State Bar is compiling a list of legal resources for those in need of legal assistance in the wake of Hurricane Florence. If you would like your organization’s information posted on this page, or if any information is incorrect, please contact Peter Bolac at email@example.com.
North Carolina Disaster Legal Services
The North Carolina Bar Association, FEMA, the American Bar Association, and Legal Aid of North Carolina are collaborating to provide immediate pro bono legal assistance to Hurricane Florence survivors through the NC Disaster Legal Services Program.
For assistance, call the Disaster Legal Services Hotline at 1-833-242-3549. Additional information, including self-help resources, is available via the NC Bar Association’s website. Lawyers can volunteer to help here.
Emergency Rule Amendment Approved Allowing Non-NC Lawyers to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services to Hurricane Florence Victims
On October 2, 2018, the North Carolina Supreme Court approved the North Carolina State Bar’s temporary rule amendment allowing lawyers not licensed in North Carolina to immediately begin providing pro bono legal services to indigent victims of Hurricane Florence.
The State Bar petitioned the Supreme Court for this emergency rule to streamline the process by which out of state lawyers can provide pro bono services in North Carolina. In its petition for the emergency rule, the State Bar noted that, “there is not sufficient time to follow the proscribed procedural steps to amend the State Bar’s administrative rules and still provide the indigent legal services now, when they are desperately needed.” The temporary rule, expiring in January 2019, permits lawyers licensed in other states but not in North Carolina to register with the North Carolina State Bar (using the form provided below) and begin immediately providing pro bono legal services through a legal services organization to indigent residents of North Carolina who are victims of Hurricane Florence without first obtaining approval from the State Bar Council.
State Bar Contacts
Katherine Jean, Counsel
North Carolina State Bar
John Silverstein, President
North Carolina State Bar
Legal Aid of North Carolina
Legal Aid of NC will continue to accept calls for disaster-related legal assistance at their regular hotline: 1-866-219-5262. Additional information, including self-help materials with basics about replacing lost documents, insurance claims, etc., can be found on Legal Aid’s website.
Visit Legal Aid’s disaster relief support page for information about pro bono volunteer opportunities and making a financial contribution to support disaster legal services for victims of Hurricane Florence.
To view the latest county courthouse closings in North Carolina, as well as alternative locations, visit the NC Judicial Branch website. Read Chief Justice Mark Martin’s Order for Counties Subject to Mandatory Evacuation Due to Hurricane Florence here.
The Internal Revenue Service is providing help to the victims of Hurricane Florence. Special tax relief and assistance are available to taxpayers in the Disaster Areas. For more information, see the IRS’ Help for Victims of Hurricane Florence webpage.
Scams and Price Gouging
Information to help Hurricane Florence victims protect against disaster-related scams is available on the attorney general’s website. Consumers can report suspicious or fraudulent activity by filing a complaint online.
Support the North Carolina Disaster Legal Services Fund
Disaster Planning, Relief, and Recovery
- Risk Management and Disaster Relief Planning: Tips for Making the Survival of Your Law Practice More Likely (Journal, Spring 2018)
- The ABA Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness provides resources here.
- Lawyers Mutual Disaster Planning and Recovery Practice Guide.
Emotional and Mental Health Assistance
The NC Lawyer Assistance Program is available to assist lawyers, judges, and law students who have been affected by Hurricane Florence and who need assistance with stress, anxiety, depression, drinking or drug problems or any other mental health issue. If you or a colleague needs assistance, please call our office at 919-719-9267. Your call, whether for yourself or with concern about a colleague, is totally confidential. Visit www.nclap.org for more information.
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