As of Oct. 31, 2017
Legal services for disaster victims is an essential part of emergency management and response. Californians impacted by the disastrous fires can seek legal advice for various reasons, including insurance claims, securing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants, replacement of legal documents, landlord-tenant disputes, consumer protection matters and more.
Two additional hotlines are also serving Napa and Sonoma counties.
Avoid fraud from people promising to offer legal services. This is particularly important when you suffer major losses.
Lawyers and their representatives are prohibited from:
Fraud alert: More information about how to avoid and report legal fraud
Alerta de fraude legal como consecuencia de los incendios recientes
You can also call the State Bar's multilingual intake hotline at 800-843-9053 for help filing a complaint.
Your recovery may start with establishing who you are or where you lived.
The State Bar provides a list of agencies and next steps to get a duplicate California driver's license or identity card, birth certificate, marriage license or other documents.
Fire victims have 60 days to file for individual assistance with FEMA. Each county impacted by the fires has a different deadline to file, so check with FEMA officials when contacting the agency. FEMA helps in a variety of ways, including helping to pay for home repair, funeral costs and cleanup.
Undocumented immigrants may be eligible for individual assistance from FEMA if a family member has an officially recognized immigration status in the United States.
Other state agencies and nonprofit community groups can help find with emergency food assistance, unemployment, shelter, crisis counseling or other health concern after the fires