State Bar to sponsor webcast on helping clients impacted by Sandy

November 12, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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From 4 to 7 p.m., the New York State Bar Association will present a teleconference streamed live from Albany on “Providing Legal Assistance to Persons Affected by Superstorm Sandy.”

Geared toward attorneys assisting Superstorm Sandy victims, this program will include an informational overview of state and federal relief programs. Panelists will provide an overview of assistance programs and relief options. Panelists, including representatives from various agencies, will discuss programs set up by the American Red Cross, FEMA, IRS, the Small Business Association, the NYS Department of Labor and the NYS Division of Financial Services.

Segments of this program will carry MCLE credit for attorneys. Panelists will cover legal considerations relative to disaster relief situations. Panelists will provide an overview of the law relative to insurance considerations and housing landlord/tenant issues. Panelists will also cover client counseling relative to foreclosure, disaster unemployment assistance, document loss/replacement records, banking, consumer debt/credit issues and family law considerations. Panelists will provide best practices and advice on counseling clients impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

The agenda will begin at 4 p.m. with remarks by Seymour James, Esq., president of the New Yrk State Bar Association.

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Then, from 4:10 to 4 p.m., there will be a panel discussion on “Disaster Relief: Overview of the Law and Legal Considerations.

A panel discussion of attorneys experienced in advising clients in disaster relief situations will cover some of the most frequently asked questions relative to housing and landlord/tenant issues, insurance considerations, the role of the insurance adjuster, homeowners insurance, flood insurance, renters’ insurance and more.

From 5:10 to 6 p.m. there will be a discussion of “Identification of State and Federal Relief Programs Designed to Meet the Needs of Persons Impacted by Superstorm Sandy.” Information will be given on programs sponsored by the American Red Cross, FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, the IRS, the Small Business Association, NYS Department of Labor, and the NYS Department of Financial Services (formerly the New York State Insurance Fund).

From 6 to 6:50 p.m. there will be a discussion on “Client Counseling: Best Practices for Advising Clients in Disaster Relief Situations.” Topics to be covered include unemployment insurance, replacement of lost records, consumer debt and credit issues, banking, benefits and family issues.

Finally, from 6:50 to 7 p.m., there will be a question-and-answer period.

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In the event that you miss any portion of the program, the archive will be posted online.

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