How to get Legal help

DLAC offers a variety of free legal aid programs for disaster survivors.
Our programs do not inquire about immigration status. 

Disaster Legal Assistance Helpline: 888-382-3406
(Free legal advice and referral for those affected by wildfires)
This helpline offers free brief legal advice on issues including landlord-tenant, employment, FEMA benefits, insurance, repair and construction scams, loan repayment, etc.

Leave a message detailing your disaster-related legal issue. Someone will call to complete an intake and get you connected with an attorney for limited-scope advice.

California Free Legal Answers: ca.freelegalanswers.org
(Free legal advice and referral for those affected by floods or COVID-19)

Ask legal questions related to COVID-19 or natural disaster. A lawyer will provide you with a free response.

Title Clearing Project: dlac.wiki/title-clearing
(Free title clearing legal advice and services for Californians in select counties)

Title Clearing legal help, education and resources. Prepare your property’s title before the next disaster.
A clear title is needed to apply for FEMA aid, contact us for help.

Disaster Assistance

FEMA Assistance is Now Available for Flooding.
Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) – provides assistance to those affected by Presidentially declared disasters. FEMA can provide you with money to rebuild, replace your belongings and much more. 
Counties under declaration: Alameda, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Mendocino, Merced, Monterey, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura.
Application Deadline: March 16, 2023
Apply Now

Resources & Announcements

Announcements

Resources

Small Business

Services to Help Businesses Recover from the Effects of the Wildfires– U.S. Small Business Administration

Disaster Assistance Information – U.S. Small Business Administration

Disaster Loan Information – U.S. Small Business Administration

Servicios para Ayudar a los Negocios a Recuperarse de los Efectos de los Incendios Fuera de Control – Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios

Asistencia Para Desastres – Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios

Préstamos de Desastre– Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios

Tax/Replacing Documents

How to Replace Important Documents (English)– Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles

How to Replace Important Documents (Spanish) – Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles

How to Replace Important Documents (Tagalog) – Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles

How to Replace Important Documents (Vietnamese) – Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles

How to Replace Important Documents (Russian) – Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles

How to Replace Important Documents (Mandarin)– Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles

How to Replace Important Documents (Korean)– Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles

How to Replace Important Documents (Armenian)– Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles

Tax Tips_for_Disaster_Survivors

NLSLA Replacing Important Documents

Document Replacement

Birth RecordsCalifornia Department of Public HealthOrder online
Order by Mail
Phone: 916-445-2684
Death Certificates California Department of Public HealthOrder online
Order by Mail
Phone: 916-445-26
Driver LicenseDepartment of Motor Vehicles (DMV)Order online
Identification CardDepartment of Motor Vehicles (DMV)Order online
Green CardUnited States Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS)Order online
Order by Mail
Marriage RecordsCalifornia Department of Public HealthOrder online
Order by Mail
Phone: 916-445-2684
Divorce Certificates California Department of Public HealthOrder online
Order by Mail
Phone: 916-445-26
Social Security CardSocial Security AdministrationOrder online
Tax ReturnsInternal Revenue Service (IRS)Order online
Order by Mail

How a lawyer can help.

A lawyer can go over your legal rights and help you make a plan of action.

Common post-flood legal issues include:

  • Landlord-Tenant disputes
  • FEMA appeals
  • Insurance Claims
  • Home repairs
  • Consumer Scams
  • Price Gouging
  • Title clearing (proof of ownership)
  • Document replacement

Links to non-legal resources for this disaster

Stay up to date with the latest news from the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)

California Office of Emergency Services

Helpful Phone numbers: 

Red Cross Hotline:  1 800 RED CROSS ( 1-800-733-2767)

United Way: Call 2-1-1 and speak with a live, highly trained service professional in your area from any cell phone or landline. All calls are private and confidential.

Disaster Distress Helpline – 1 800 985 5990 24/7 hotline that provides counseling to people experiencing emotional distress due to a disaster. Free and multilingual.

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