Legal assistance available to help Texas winter storm victims

FEMA, insurance claims often challenging, attorneys say

SAN ANTONIO – In the wake of last week’s winter storm that left South Texas residents dealing with storm-related legal issues, the State Bar Association and the San Antonio Bar Association are offering free legal assistance to those who qualify.

“We anticipate we’ll be handling FEMA claims appeals, insurance claims denials, landlord-tenant issues, as well as contract issues for repair work,” said attorney David Evans, president of the San Antonio Bar Association.

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Perhaps the most complex area where legal assistance would be needed is with FEMA claims.

“Sometimes the process itself, the claims process and applying for the claims, can be very difficult,” Evans said.

Evans also warned that scam artists are already at work in the area.

“A lot of people will come looking for a quick buck to make off from people during this trying time,” he said.

Evans said residents’ best bet is to contact the Texas Attorney Generals Office for scams.

He said the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid is the best option for assistance. Their number is 888-988-9996.

The San Antonio Bar Association’s website is another place for help. Residents can call the State Bar Association at 800-504-7030.

About the Authors:

Paul Venema is a courthouse reporter for KSAT with more than 25 years experience in the role.

Sal Salazar is a photojournalist at KSAT 12. Before coming to KSAT in 1998, he worked at the Fox affiliate in San Antonio. Sal started off his career back in 1995 for the ABC Affiliate in Lubbock and has covered many high-profile news events since. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at home, gaming and loves traveling with his wife.