Legal advice comes free for Hurricane Irma victims

EAST NAPLES, Fla. -- A free legal clinic was offered, Saturday, for those struggling to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. LegalAid of Collier County pulled together 20 different attorneys to give advice on how to handle anything from housing insurance to filling out FEMA applications. 

Racquel Constantinor has been out of her home since Irma. As a LegalAid customer she said left feeling like she had a better direction of where to go.

"I was really sad and concerned with how am I going to deal with the challenges that we have in our daily living," she said.  "And the information that I got today was a lot of information."

Constantinor was able to receive legal advice on housing insurance, car payments, FEMA application, and even paying her electric bill.

"I need to pay my electricity and I didn't know how to do it...They told me a number that I need to call and for them to give me some type of assistant or break in that payment."

The attorneys in Collier County were pulled together by LegalAid Pro-Bono Coordinator, Jeff Ahren, for the clinic. Ahren says lack of knowledge is his biggest concern for his customers. 

"If there's somebody who had a certain right or availability to get a certain benefit or program and they didn't get it when they needed it the most, just because they didn't know how to get it or they didn't know the information, that to me would be tragic," said Ahren.

Ahren says LegalAid will have more clinics in the future but encourages anyone in need to visit them in person or on their website at www.collierlegalaid.org.

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