Hurricane Disaster Relief
Lawyers displaced to Dallas because of Hurricane Harvey are welcome to a complimentary DBA membership during their stay. Please contact Kim Watson for more information.
Click the links below for Hurricane Disaster Relief Resources.
DBA LegalLine, a free call-in service the 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Call 214-220-7476 for free legal advice.
DBA Lawyer Referral Service - 214-220-7444
Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas Disaster Assistance Hotline - 1-855-548-8457
From the State Bar of Texas:
If you have been adversely affected or wish to assist a colleague, please take a moment to complete our Hurricane Harvey assistance survey.If you would like to donate money to the hurricane relief effort in Texas, you can give through the Texas Bar Foundation by clicking here. All donations collected through this effort will go to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
If you are an attorney who wants to help by giving brief advice, limited-scope service, or full representation to Harvey survivors, please complete the form at texasbar.com/attorneyvolunteer. Texas law students and paralegals are also encouraged to volunteer.
HB 1774 regarding insurance claims
We have received questions about a bill passed during the latest Texas legislative session that changes the law as it applies to lawsuits relating to certain property insurance claims, including property damage and loss caused by natural disasters. The new law, House Bill 1774, applies to insurance claims and lawsuits filed on or after September 1, 2017. It requires certain pre-lawsuit notices by property owners, changes the amount of interest payable on claims that are determined to be underpaid or paid late, and may affect the amount of attorneys’ fees recoverable in a lawsuit. This change was covered in the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle.
Emergency suspension of court proceedings
In case you missed the email the State Bar sent yesterday, the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals have issued an emergency order authorizing modification and suspension of court procedures in proceedings affected by Hurricane Harvey. The order, which is effective through September 27 unless the courts extend it, is available here.
Multiple Texas courts and clerks' offices are closed due to Hurricane Harvey. Visit the Court Closures & Delays page on the Office of Court Administration website for details.
The Texas Bar Foundation established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to support the recovery efforts in Southeast Texas.
How to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Those looking to donate resources, Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) member Trusted World will be taking donations. Clothing in good condition, toiletries and hygiene products, and non-perishable foods will be accepted. The Trusted World drop off location will be 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75248. The donations center will be open daily 3 – 8 p.m., until further notice.
- new underwear
- new socks
- new warmups for men, women, children and infants
- toiletries/hygiene products
- baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers
- Graco Pack n’ Plays for babies to sleep in
The quickest way to provide immediate assistance is by making a financial gift.
- Text ‘HARVEY’ to 90999 to make a $10 donation
- Call 1-800-RED CROSS
- Online at redcross.org
Those interested in volunteering can apply here.
Anyone traveling to DFW from the Southern Texas Coast needing information on shelters, please call 211.
Airbnb’s Disaster Response Program
Hosts can respond to crises in their community by offering housing to displaced neighbors and relief workers deployed to help. https://www.airbnb.com/disaster-response
More ways to help: