Survivors of California’s wildfires may face legal issues that complicate their recovery, even while the fires are still burning. Here are some links for help:
A free California Wildfires Helping Handbook for Fall 2018 is being distributed by the California Council of County Law Libraries, the Los Angeles Law Library, and the Sacramento County Public Law Library The handbook was written by the attorneys of Morrison & Foerster. MoFo’s announcement says, “The Handbook gathers in one place up-to-date, practical information on many subjects, including, among others, housing, government benefits, insurance, FEMA assistance, replacement of lost documents, and fraud prevention.” The 90-page Handbook can be copied and distributed freely for non-commercial purposes.
The State Bar of California has assembled a list of resources, including links for obtaining duplicates of lost documents, filing disaster-related unemployment claims, and avoiding and reporting fraud.
United Policyholders (UP) is a consumer rights group that provides help with insurance claims. The group has set up pages for Woolsey Fire – Insurance Claim Help and Camp Fire – Insurance Claim Help for both full and partial claims, evacuation expenses, and more.
Legal Services of Northern California, which has an office in Chico, is offering free legal assistance to low income residents and seniors affected by the November 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County. For more information, call 800-345-9491 or visit