During this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers turn to the victims of last week's devastating disaster in Southwest Missouri. Not only do the victims of natural disaster have to deal with the loss of family members, injuries, and loss of property, those victims also have to somehow navigate a maze of legal issues related to their losses.
Lawyers from across the state are joining forces to assist in any way that we can. The Missouri bar has established a 24 hour help hotline: 1-800-829-4128. The Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys has an Emergency Response Team that has been mobilized to the Joplin area beginning Saturday, May 28th. The local Jasper County Bar has pushed aside its own sorrows, and is already giving free advice to others in distress. In addition, Legal Aid of Western Missouri is also sponsoring a free legal clinic which will be open this weekend.
Legal issues in this situation can run the gamut from insurance issues regarding homeowners or automobile coverage; health insurance or other aid to cover medical bills; life insurance; or end of life issues related to probate, wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.
If you have friends or family in the Joplin area that need legal assistance, please tell them about the legal resources available or direct them to organizations such as the Red Cross who are coordinating efforts of all of the legal volunteers. The partners and staff at Tatlow, Gump, Faiella & Wheelan, LLC, in Moberly extend our condolences to those who have suffered losses in this terrible disaster.