Navigating Legal Challenges After Hurricane Ian: Let Florida Rural Legal Services Be Your Guide

· News Releases,Disaster Services

(HARDEE COUNTY, Fla.)- In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the path to recovery can be complex and overwhelming, but you don't have to navigate it alone. Florida Rural Legal Services (FRLS) is offering free legal assistance to help you rebuild your life. Here's how we can support you:

When: Join us for an in-person legal clinic in Hardee County to see if you qualify for free disaster legal assistance.

Where: Hardee County Public Library, 315 N. 6th Ave, Wauchula, FL 33873


  • Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 10 am- 4 pm
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 10 am- 4 pm
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 10 am- 4 pm
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 10 am- 4 pm
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 10 am- 4 pm
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 10 am- 4 pm
  • Wednesday, December 27, 2023, 10 am- 4 pm

At FRLS, we understand that in times of crisis, it's not just about physical recovery; it's also about securing the legal support you need for stability. We can assist with:

  1. Insurance Claims: Navigating insurance claims is critical for recovery, and we'll guide you to ensure you receive the coverage you deserve.
  2. Proof of Ownership: If you face challenges proving property ownership, we'll provide the necessary legal assistance to protect your rights.
  3. Home Repair Contracts: We can help you understand and review home repair contracts to safeguard your interests during the rebuilding process.
  4. Contractor Disputes: If you encounter issues with contractors or the quality of work, we'll help you navigate these challenges.
  5. Construction Liens: Our experts can guide you on construction liens and address claims related to your property.
  6. Property Disputes: We have the experience to assist you in resolving property disputes arising from the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
  7. Disaster Benefits: We'll help you access disaster-related benefits that you may be entitled to in the wake of the hurricane.
  8. Document Replacements: If critical legal documents were lost during the storm, such as advanced directives, we can assist you in obtaining replacements.
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When it comes to insurance claims, it's essential to thoroughly read and understand your policies before making a claim. Insurance policies vary in coverage types and required information, and submission timeframes can be limited. For additional resources and guidance on insurance and claims, we recommend United Policyholders, a valuable source of information.

FRLS is dedicated to providing legal assistance to low-income individuals who, either before or as a result of a Presidentially declared major disaster, cannot secure the legal services needed to address disaster-related needs.

If you're struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Ian, remember you're not alone. Reach out to Florida Rural Legal Services today. Our professional and empathetic team is here to help you regain control of your life and guide you through this challenging period.

Don't wait to seek the assistance you need. Contact FRLS now, and let us be your trusted partner on the path to recovery. We are here to support you every step of the way.

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