Free legal assistance is available to Missourians who need help with disaster-related issues such as home repair contracts and contractors; life, medical and property insurance claims; FEMA applications and appealing FEMA decisions.

Missouri residents can call 800-829-4128 to leave a message about legal issues arising from

recently sustained damage from severe storms, flooding and tornadoes that occurred from April

29 through July 5. Calls will be returned during the week of July 29. When leaving a message,

be sure to include your name, phone number and county of residence.

Disagreements often result after a disaster. Lawyers have the training and skills to help navigate

those issues. Legal issues may include help securing other government benefits available to

Missourians as well as counseling on landlord-tenant issues and mortgage foreclosures.

Disaster-related legal assistance can also include:

Replacement of wills and other important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster;

Assistance with consumer protection issues such as price gouging and avoiding contractor

Scams in the rebuilding process.

Consultations with attorneys are confidential.

The 20 counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance are: Andrew, Atchison, Boone,

Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Greene, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Lafayette, Lincoln,

Livingston, Miller, Osage, Pike, Platte, Pulaski and St. Charles counties.

The toll-free disaster hotline is a partnership between the Missouri Bar Association, the

American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and FEMA.