Monica Webb-Shackleford and Keith Richardson of the Forrest Firm’s Raleigh office joined the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Wilmington on October 26 for a day of providing pro bono legal counsel to survivors of Hurricane Florence. Andy Jones of the Forrest Firm’s Wilmington and Charlotte offices is serving as American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division District 9 (North Carolina) Representative, coordinating disaster legal services throughout North Carolina.
A toll-free hotline is now available for survivors of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina to request legal assistance with their hurricane related legal queries. The service allows eligible individuals to receive the assistance of a lawyer free of charge and is a partnership among the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division with support from the North Carolina Bar Foundation, Legal Aid of North Carolina, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Volunteering attorneys at the center take calls on the Disaster Recovery Center’s hotline, helping those recovering complete intake forms and assess needs in multiple areas, including:
- Assistance with appeals of FEMA and other benefits available to disaster survivors.
- Assistance with life, medical, and property insurance claims.
- Help with home repair contracts and contractors.
- Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster.
- Assistance in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures.
- Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems.
- Counseling on landlord-tenant problems.
Monica Webb-Shackleford represents the Forrest Firm’s clients in the areas of employment law, business litigation, and appellate matters. Ms. Webb-Shackleford also serves as the firm’s Pro Bono and Public Service Coordinator, spearheading the Forrest Firm’s community service efforts.
Keith Richardson represents clients in commercial and business litigation, including disputes regarding contracts, business, employment, real estate, taxation, and other areas of risk management.
Mr. Jones practices in the areas of civil litigation and business law. In his litigation practice, Mr. Jones represents clients in matters involving all forms of civil and commercial disputes, while he provides business counsel to North Carolina for-profit and non-profit businesses, entrepreneurs, and executives, with an emphasis on formations, complex commercial contract negotiations, mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic transactions.
Survivors of Hurricane Florence who have legal questions or concerns arising from the hurricane may call 1-833-242-3549, the NC DLS assistance hotline activated by the North Carolina Bar Association. Callers should identify that they are seeking hurricane-related legal assistance, ask for Disaster Legal Services, and identify the county in which they are located. Survivors who qualify for assistance will be matched with North Carolina lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help.