Free legal help is being offered for bushfire victims in SA following last summer’s catastrophe.
After dealing with the initial impact of a natural disaster, it can often take months for bushfire victims to turn their attention to legal issues – some of which take considerable time to emerge.
Taxpayer funded lawyers are helping people from the Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island and Yorke Peninsula with help and to guide people towards specialist assistance when needed.
Bushfire legal issues include: insurance claim disputes, property and stock losses, fencing and boundary issues, debt and income challenges, replacing destroyed documents and landlord or tenancy matters.
Legal Services Commission Director Gabrielle Canny said the assistance is not means tested and is provided by her organisation, along with Community Legal Centres SA (CLCSA ).
“This assistance can play a crucial part in rebuilding the lives of people whose health, property, families and livelihoods were severely affected by last summer’s terrible fires," Gabrielle Canny said.
CLCSA Chair Catherine McMorrine said many civil law problems related to damage can emerge well after the initial impact of the bushfires has passed.
"Legal help can make it easier for people to identify and deal with those problems," Catherine McMorrine said.
To find out more, call the numbers below:
The Adelaide Hills
The Legal Services Commission (LSC) operates a legal assistance outreach clinic at Lobethal.
For more information, or to book an appointment, call the Commission on 1300 366 424.
Community Legal Centres SA (CLCSA) operates a legal assistance outreach clinic at Parndana.
For more information, or to book an appointment, call CLCSA on (08) 8121 4473.
Photo of regrowth at the base of a Eucalyptus tree by Robert Kerton, CSIRO