New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

For Immediate Release


Kate Coscarelli

Director, Media Relation


Free legal help for storm and flooding victims

New Jersey State Bar Association, ABA Young Lawyers Division and FEMA help residents

New Brunswick – A toll-free legal aid line is now available for survivors of recent flooding due to Hurricane Irene who need help navigating issues like insurance claims, housing concerns and aid with repair contracts.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency teamed up to provide help to residents.

Residents who cannot afford to pay an attorney can call the help line to request free legal assistance at 888-541-1900.

The hotline is open to residents who need legal help related to the flooding. 

Messages can be left at any time. Callers should identify that they are seeking legal assistance related to Hurricane Irene. Survivors who qualify for assistance will be matched with New Jersey attorneys who have volunteered to provide free legal help.  

The helpline is part of a long-standing partnership between FEMA and the ABA.