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Become a volunteer lawyer for the disaster hotline

Are you a Missouri lawyer looking for a way to help your community? The Missouri Bar is asking lawyers, particularly those in the St. Louis area, to consider volunteering with its disaster hotline.

When disasters occur throughout the state, The Missouri Bar opens a toll-free number – 800-829-4128 – that residents impacted by the disasters can use to request legal help. Callers leave messages about their legal issues or questions, and volunteer lawyers return the calls within 48 hours to provide free legal assistance. Volunteer lawyers cannot represent callers in court or accept callers as paying clients.

The disaster hotline is currently open to residents in the City of St. Louis  along with St. Charles and St. Louis counties who were victims of the July 25-28 flooding.

While any Missouri lawyer can volunteer with the disaster hotline, St. Louis area lawyers are highly encouraged to sign up. Lawyers can assist with various disaster-related legal problems like landlord-tenant issues, replacement of important legal documents, insurance claims, and contractor scams.

Click here to sign up as a volunteer for the disaster hotline.

The toll-free disaster hotline is a partnership between The Missouri Bar, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.