If you are a victim, or know any Hurricane Harvey Victims, please read below a message from The Florida Bar:
“The Florida Bar is very concerned about everyone recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and now in Louisiana. We want to help those most in need of our help. The Florida Bar has been in touch with our counterparts in Texas, Louisiana, and other states, and with the ABA; here are ways Florida attorneys can help you or a friend who is a Hurricane Harvey victim:
- Attorneys admitted to practice in Texas and/or Louisiana can volunteer to answer legal questions on the Disaster Legal Services Hotlines in those states. More information on legal services for those affected by disasters is available from the National Disaster Legal Resource Center.
- As we have seen many times in Florida, legal aid is critical to those recovering from natural disasters. In addition to supporting organizations like the Salvation Army and American Red Cross, contributions may be made to the Hurricane Harvey Legal Aid Fund set up by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and the Louisiana Hurricane Harvey Disaster Fund administered by the Louisiana Bar Foundation.
- The Texas Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday allowing out-of-state lawyers to practice in Texas temporarily if they are displaced by Hurricane Harvey or volunteering to serve hurricane victims. The order allows an attorney licensed and in good standing in another U.S. jurisdiction to practice in Texas for six months from the date of the order if: (a) the attorney is displaced from his or her home jurisdiction as a result of Hurricane Harvey and practices in Texas remotely as if located in his or her home jurisdiction, or (b) the attorney provides services to victims of Hurricane Harvey through a legal aid program, pro bono program, or bar association. Under the order, the attorney must register for temporary practice in Texas as soon as possible after arriving and agree to abide by Texas disciplinary rules. Read the full order here and access the Registration For Temporary Practice In Texas form (on pages three and four of the order). Additional information for Texans and State Bar of Texas members is posted at www.texasbar.com/disasters. Please note that a similar order has not been issued by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
- The Louisiana State Bar Association has activated a Disaster Response webpage to provide information on displacement resources, court closures, emergency declarations and assistance for flood victims. The website’s Disaster Response Message Board is helping to facilitate the giving and receiving of non-monetary donations like housing help, office equipment, commuting assistance and employment opportunities. Please visit the message board if you are willing to donate, or are in need of donations.
- To learn what other bars in the affected communities are doing, please use the links below. Information from bar associations in affected areas is being updated on an ongoing basis; the list below is based on information available to date and is not meant to be exhaustive.
The American Bar Association established this webpage: http://ambar.org/harvey to provide members with information to provide assistance to the victims of this disaster. Please check the page regularly as the ABA will continue to update it with important information about ways to support those in need.”