Legal Aid Offers Assistance to Flood Victims

FINDLAY -- The legal aid offices of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), along with the Findlay-Hancock County Bar Association, will host a series of meetings for individuals in the nine counties most affected by the flooding and who are facing potential legal issues.

The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the legal aid offices at The Family Center, located at 1800 North Blanchard Street in Findlay.

"As the recovery process begins, people are no doubt wondering what their legal rights are as it relates to rent, mortgage payments, insurance, and repairs," says Ed Marks, director of litigation for LAWO. "People are facing eviction by landlords who are unsure how to properly deal with the aftermath of the flood, or landlords who expect rent, even thought the residence isn't in livable condition."

Attorneys and advocates from ABLE, LAWO, and the Findlay-Hancock County Bar Association will be available for brief consultation, including the review of insurance policies, leases, and mortgage agreements. "We won't be providing full-blown legal services during the meetings," explains Marks.  "We will, however, be offering guidance and practical advice on how to handle these types of situations."

Those individuals who need full service legal assistance from ABLE or LAWO will be assessed for eligibility at the meeting, while others will be directed to community volunteer lawyers who are available on a pro bono basis. Future meetings will be announced.

For additional information, contact Patricia J. Robb, Communications Director, at 419-930-2517 or 419-350-6017 or

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