For the Public

Disaster Legal Services Manual Available On-line as a Public Service from Illinois State Bar Association

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Chris Ruys
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For Immediate Release: 
May 9, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – If you should become the victim of a federally-declared natural disaster from flooding or tornadoes, you may have many legal questions ranging from housing matters and compensation for property destruction to consumer protection issues such as home repair fraud scams.
To help, the Illinois State Bar Association has created a 40-page Illinois State Bar Association Disaster Legal Services Manual, which is posted on its Website at
The manual includes information about the public benefits in Illinois to victims of a disaster, including the availability of disaster food stamps, reimbursable costs for damaged or destroyed homes, and crisis assistance for families. There’s also a link to a broad package of tax benefits available through the National Disaster Relief Act. The manual also includes 31 frequently-asked questions and their answers.
The 33,000-member Illinois State Bar Association, with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides services and information to lawyers and the public.

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