Houston-area residents affected by recent flooding and other severe weather can find answers to their legal questions next week through the Houston Bar Association’s LegalLine.
Residents can call (713) 759-1133 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2-6 to speak with an attorney on consumer issues such as insurance, property, landlord-tenant law, contracts, and disaster assistance.
The LegalLine will be available until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 for all types of legal questions.
“We recognize that many people in Houston will have a need for legal advice on how to deal with the damage they experienced,” HBA President Laura Gibson said in a statement. “To meet this need, members of the Houston Bar Association will be available by phone from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2-May 6. On May 4, we had already planned on extending our LegalLine until 9 p.m. in commemoration of Law Day, and callers can ask any type of legal question, not just those related to flooding.”
Also, the State Bar of Texas offers a legal hotline — (800) 504-7030 — to help connect people with local legal aid providers following disasters such as the flooding in southeast Texas. The hotline — answered in English and Spanish — is designed to connect low-income people with legal aid providers in their area who can help with such issues as replacing lost documents, insurance questions, landlord-tenant problems, and consumer protection issues such as price-gouging and avoiding contractor scams during the rebuilding process.
Additional resources are available at texasbar.com/disasters and texaslawhelp.org.