Tornado recovery: Lost property or issues with housing? Get free legal advice

Nonprofit legal organizations are providing free clinics to individuals and families who have lost belongings or property as a result of the Memorial Day tornado outbreak.

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Clinics will continue Saturday, Monday and Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center,  1000 N.  Keowee St., Dayton, where legal aid law firms Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc., and their partner, the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, will be available to counsel those who have been affected by the natural disaster.

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“When a disaster like the Dayton and Celina tornadoes strike, people don’t normally think of the need for an attorney,” said Janet Hales, ABLE executive director.

“But for people who were already struggling and have now lost everything, it’s essential to their survival that they know and protect their legal rights in the loss of housing, FEMA relief, obtaining new identification and driver’s licenses, and many other areas we may take for granted,” she said.

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If you are looking for self-help legal advice, it is available on Facebook at ABLELawInc and LAWOLawInc, and by calling the Legal Aid Line at 1-888-534-1432.

Documents are available that address issues such as evictions, land contracts, security deposits, damages, the loss of food and belongings, insurance matters, replacing IDs, small business concerns, employment issues and how to avoid scams.

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