On Aug. 25, the President issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Texas.
This page has been crafted to direct you to useful information and organizations that can provide you with more help.
Disaster Relief - Free Legal Advice and Assistance
House Bill 1774 & Insurance Claims
From State Bar of Texas Website:
Texas property owners should be aware that House Bill 1774, passed by the 85th Texas Legislature, will change the law regarding how legal actions for certain insurance claims are handled, including some claims for property damages or losses caused by natural disasters. If you need to make an insurance claim related to Hurricane Harvey, you should study how the law may affect you. Claims made before September 1, 2017, will be subject to current law; those filed on or after September 1 will fall under the new law. Please click the links below to learn more about how this law will affect you.
For information on specific steps to take, click the link below and go to answer 4 labeled, "4) How and When Should I File My Insurance Claim?
Disaster Relief Resources
Please click the link below for information from the wesbite, Ready.gov on steps you can take to recover from a disaster.
Please click the link below for over 20 useful articles on the law affecting you as you recover from the disaster. Resources include information on:
- Handling Home Insurance Claims
- Disaster Scams - How to avoid them and what to do.
- Replacing Lost Documents
- And more.
Disaster Relief -- Live Chat
Are you dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey?
If so, TexasLawHelp and volunteer attorneys from across the nation are here to help.
The chat line can provide free legal advice on your issues. Click the link below for details.
Please click the link below for the national disaster legal aid website. It is specifically designed to help those who are having issues related to natural disasters.
If you need legal assistance after a disaster and are in southwest Texas, Corpus Christi, San Antonio or Austin you can call Texas RioGrande Legal Aid's Disaster Assistance Hotline.
The State Bar of Texas has put together a page detailing the various forms of assistance available to help. Please click the link below for more information.
The State Bar of Texas legal hotline helps people find answers to basic legal questions and connects them with local legal aid providers following declared disasters.
Seeing Unusually High Prices? Report Price Gouging.
Attorney General Ken Paxton warns Texans that state law prohibits price gouging in the wake of a declared disaster. The AG’s office advises: If you feel that you are being unfairly charged for goods or services such as drinking water, food, batteries, generators gasoline or towing, raise the issue of price gouging with the provider. Speak to the provider respectfully but be frank. If you are unable to resolve the matter, file a complaint with the office.
Hurricane Harvey Legal Aid Fund - How you can help.
Legal aid provides the calm after the storm. Texans are reeling from Hurricane Harvey. After the storm subsides and the water recedes the exhaustion of survival will be met by the harrowing realization that their journey back to normalcy is only just beginning. The Texas Access to Justice Foundation will use all donations to fund Disaster Legal Aid to survivors of Hurricane Harvey. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Legal Aid Fund to assist all Texans in need of these essential services. Click the link below for more information.
Click the link below for more information.
Hurricane Harvey - Filing Deadlines - Important Update
From State Bar of Texas:
The Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals issued an emergency order Monday authorizing modification and suspension of court procedures in proceedings affected by Hurricane Harvey. The order expires September 27 unless the courts extend it.
“Court proceedings … throughout Texas may be affected by the disaster because of closures of courts and clerks’ offices and difficulties with access, travel, and communication by lawyers, parties, and others,” the order states. “Pursuant to Section 22.0035(b) of the Texas Government Code, all courts in Texas should consider disaster-caused delays as good cause for modifying or suspending all deadlines and procedures—whether prescribed by statute, rule, or order—in any case, civil or criminal.”
Read the full order here.