Opportunities/Information to assist in Relief Efforts

October 17th, 2017 Flood Relief Seminar

Presenters & Topics:
Ann Haight – Warnings about contractors, price gouging, and charities
Tammy Bowles Raines – Flood Insurance
Thomas Hancock – Dealing with FEMA appeals
Kate White – Landlord/tenant and government benefits available in a disaster



Three Opportunities to assist in Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

September 7: One-Hour Briefing

Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: Disaster Assistance (FREE)

Historic rainfall and devastating destruction has left many in dire need of assistance. Register now for PLI’s One-Hour Briefing and learn what resources are available and how you can help.

Expert faculty will provide an overview of federal disaster assistance; discuss eligibility criteria for the Individual and Households Program; offer a broad overview of the National Flood Insurance Program; assist with understanding the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) and claims; explain appeal and judicial review regarding a denial of a flood insurance claim; share the most common reasons for FEMA denials and practice tips to help survivors overcome FEMA denials. Click here to Register


ABA Free On-Demand Resources

Disaster Relief: What Lawyers Can Do to Help Representing Disaster Survivors (Parts I & II)

Click Here to visit the ABA’s website and register for courses


Pro Bono Service Opportunity for Lawyers Nationwide to Help Hurricane Victims

We know that many lawyers across the nation would like to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. One way to help is to provide volunteer legal services through ABA/Texas Free Legal Answers. We have modified the ABA Free Legal Answers system in Texas to permit out of state attorneys to volunteer to answer Harvey related questions, per an order issued by the Texas Supreme Court permitting such service. Information on how to do this is offered in the attached flyer. Training resources are provided.

We would be grateful for your assistance in conveying this information to bar associations, law firms or attorneys interested in assisting Harvey victims.

Additionally, the ABA has created a web page with information about Harvey relief, including how to volunteer. Click here to visit the ABA’s web page

Joint Press Release: Free Legal Assistance Available for West Virginia Flood Victims

August 22, 2017 – A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available for victims of the recent storms and flooding in West Virginia. The service, which allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer, is a partnership between the West Virginia State Bar, Legal Aid of West Virginia, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Click Here for the Press Release

West Virginia Free Legal Answers (formerly WV Online Legal Help)

The upgraded WV Online Legal Help is here!  The website’s new name is West Virginia Free Legal Answers.  It is the state of West Virginia’s site as part of the ABA Free Legal Answers national site. Volunteers will find it similar to WV Online Legal Help, but much more user friendly.   We hope you’ll enjoy using this upgraded site to continue helping vulnerable West Virginian’s receive free civil legal advice! If you have questions regarding West Virginia Free Legal Answers click here.

Attorneys that were registered on wvonlinelegalhelp.org can use their email address and password to login to the new https://wv.freelegalanswers.org to answer questions. To register as a new attorney account click here.


Membership ID Online Application

CHARLESTON, WV—May 22, 2017 – Members of the West Virginia State Bar who have a valid WV driver’s license are now able to complete the application for their Bar Membership ID card online.

With this new service, Bar members will be able to submit an application and pay for their membership ID card application electronically. Bar members can choose to have their membership ID card mailed to them directly or pick up their ID card in person at any West Virginia DMV location. Members who choose to pick up their ID cards in person must present the receipt from the online transaction at the time of pick up.

Bar members in need of a membership ID card should go to www.wvbar.org or visit the Drivers section on the West Virginia DMV’s Online Services Portal found at www.go.wv.gov/selfservice.

This new online service was developed at no additional cost to members by the West Virginia State Bar in Partnership with WV.gov.