When disaster strikes, the State Bar has a plan to help victims with their legal needs.
The Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar created a comprehensive manual to equip volunteer attorneys with the information they need to effectively provide pro bono services following a disaster. Before you volunteer, we encourage you to read the document in its entirety to familiarize yourself with the program.
The manual walks you through the process of providing legal services, including referring the victim to one of Arizona's legal service organizations, or to a non-volunteer attorney on a fee-generating basis.
The manual also addresses:
- Housing issues
- Temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) benefits
- Medicaid benefits
- Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits
- Expedited food stamps
- Questions about insurance and insurance company hotlines
- Replacing lost documents
- Information for immigrants including emergency care, post-disaster relief, and deportation risks
- Employment issues
- Information for veterans including PTSD counseling, medical assistance, and prescriptions
- Proof of death, probate of wills, life insurance claims, and funeral expenses
- Information for small businesses including loans, employee records and benefits, contracts, and licenses
- Family issues including medical treatment and public education
- Locating lost pets
- Helpful phone numbers and websites for the federal and state government
- Comprehensive list of contact information for court clerks, social security administration offices, immigration offices, lawyer referral services, county health departments, human services offices, and legal aid offices
To volunteer or get more information, click here.