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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2020

Amy Starnes
Public Information Director
State Bar of Texas
800-204-2222 ext. 1706 or 512-427-1706
astarnes@texasbar.com

Clarissa Ayala
Communications Director
Lone Star Legal Aid
713-652-0077
CAyala@lonestarlegal.org

State Bar of Texas and Lone Star Legal Aid promote disaster legal hotline for those affected by Onalaska tornado

AUSTIN — The State Bar of Texas and Lone Star Legal Aid seek to alert residents that free legal resources are available to low-income individuals affected by the devastating tornado April 22 in Polk County.

Lone Star Legal Aid operates a toll-free disaster legal hotline—866-659-0666—that can help with issues such as replacing lost documents, answering insurance questions, helping with landlord-tenant problems, and addressing scam or consumer protection concerns. People who qualify for assistance will be matched with lawyers who can provide free, limited legal help.

Additional disaster recovery resources are available online at texasbar.com/disaster, lonestarlegal.blog/services/disaster-relief, and texaslawhelp.org.

The State Bar reminds the public that in many cases it is a crime in Texas for a lawyer or someone representing a lawyer to contact a person for purposes of legal representation if the person has not first requested the call or personal visit. The contact is not illegal if the attorney is not seeking payment or has a preexisting professional-client or family relationship with the person being contacted.

If you witness something you believe to be improper solicitation, or barratry, please get the name and phone number of the person making contact and report it to your local law enforcement authority or the State Bar Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s Office toll free at 866-224-5999.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas that provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system. For more information, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @statebaroftexas, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/statebaroftexas, or visit texasbar.com.

Lone Star Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm focused on advocacy on behalf of low-income and underserved populations. Lone Star Legal Aid serves millions of people at 125% of federal poverty guidelines that reside in 72 counties in the eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas, and 4 counties of southwest Arkansas. To learn more about Lone Star Legal Aid, call 800-733-8394 or visit lonestarlegal.org.

 

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