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Derecho Legal Hotline

Authored By: Iowa Legal Aid LSC Funded

Derecho Legal Hotline
1-877-469-2259

9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

 

Victims of the August 10, 2020 derecho in the following 11 counties, Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, and Tama, who are experiencing legal problems due to the storm now have an easy way to get free legal advice. Legal problems may include issues such as: FEMA denials, problems with insurance, landlord/tenant issues, unemployment benefits denials, employment issues, contractor issues, or identity theft.
 
The Derecho Legal Hotline is a project of Iowa Legal Aid, The Iowa State Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Linn County Bar Association, and the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project.
 
This is a call-back hotline. After calling 1-877-469-2259, callers will be connected to the Hotline voicemail. Callers should leave their name, phone number, brief description of their legal problem, and whether the issue is urgent.  Callers will receive a call back from an experienced Iowa Legal Aid staff member to go through a screening. Callers who meet Iowa Legal Aid’s guidelines will be connected with an Iowa Legal Aid attorney; those who are outside of Iowa Legal Aid’s guidelines will be connected with a volunteer attorney.

Return calls from the volunteer attorneys may take a few days and will likely come from a blocked number.  The volunteer attorney will provide free legal advice.  The caller is under no obligation to hire the volunteer attorney for further representation. Iowa Legal Aid, The Iowa State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Linn County Bar Association, and the Polk County Bar Association do not endorse any specific attorneys.
 
If you are a lawyer interested in volunteering your valuable time and expertise to provide legal help during this crucial time, please contact Virginia Sipes with The Iowa State Bar Association at vsipes@iowabar.org.
Last Review and Update: Aug 31, 2020
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