Disaster Relief Clinic
In the wake of recent natural disasters in California, the Clinical Education Program at Pepperdine University School of Law is launching the Disaster Relief Clinic. The Clinic will provide limited-scope, pro bono legal services to people and communities harmed by wildfires in Southern California in 2018. This work will include community education, advice-and-counsel and self-help clinics, referral services, and limited-scope legal representation.
Services will include assistance on FEMA applications and appeals, insurance coverage matters, business interruption, housing and rental issues, estate matters, unemployment, and consumer protection issues.
The Disaster Relief Clinic likely will not be able to handle cases for extended litigation or complex cases. The Clinic is working with legal aid agencies and volunteer lawyers to receive cases by referral. Presently, the Disaster Relief Clinic is limited to those affected by the Woolsey Fire and will prioritize clients in Malibu, the Santa Monica Mountains, and the Conejo Valley. The Clinic may expand its services if it identifies sufficient volunteer lawyers and partner agencies.
Seek Pro Bono Legal Assistance
For residents of Los Angeles County, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County is hosting a hotline for pro bono legal assistance: 1-800-870-0732.
For residents of Ventura County, Ventura County Legal Aid is hosting a hotline for pro bono legal assistance: 1-877-301-4448.
FEMA 101: Orientation for Homeowners in the Woolsey Fire
Overview of Federal Disaster Assistance
2017-2018 FEMA Training Presentation
Individual Assistance Handbook
25 Pro Tips for Working with FEMA
National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center Quick Reference Guide
FEMA Disaster Assistance
Fall 2018 Southern California Wildfires Helping Handbook: A Resource for Individuals, Families, and Small Businesses
A Homeowner's Insurance Policy Guide for California Fire Survivors
California's Statewide Wildfire Recovery Resources
United Policyholders: Woolsey Fire - Insurance Claim Help
United Policyholders: Claim Guidance Library
United Policyholders: Contents Claim Help
Insurance Commissioner: Important California Laws that Pertain to Property Insurance Policies after a Declared Disaster
Insurance Commissioner: Expedited Claim Handling Billing Grace Period Procedures for California Wildfires
Insurance Commissioner: Declaration of Emergency Situation
Business Physical Disaster Loans
Economic Injury Disaster Loans
California Disaster Unemployment Benefits: www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/Disaster_Unemployment_Assistance.htm
Public Benefits Disaster Relief