Nassau Bar Association Brings Sandy Recovery Legal Clinics

Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Valerie Zurblis
  • Nassau County Bar Association

Mineola, Long Island, NY – The Nassau County Bar Association and the Village of Freeport have joined together to bring the Bar’s valuable free legal consultation clinics to the people of Freeport who were harmed by Superstorm Sandy. Volunteer attorneys will meet one-on-one to answer residents’ concerns on Tuesday, February 5, 3-6 p.m. at the Freeport Recreational Center, 130 East Merrick Road in Freeport.

In addition, NCBA has invited the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to send representatives to its free legal consultation clinics. Agency representatives will join the volunteer attorneys who provide one-on-one legal consultation, advice and referral information to residents. Attorneys and agency representatives will be able to help residents in the following areas:

  • Homeowner, flood, property damage and automobile insurance claims
  • FEMA assistance and grants • Debt deferral • Bankruptcy • Consumer Protection issues (contractors, etc.)
  • Landlord-Tenant issues
  • Assistance in dealing with lenders to avoid foreclosure
  • Legal assistance for health/disability/personal injury/post-traumatic stress issues
  • Small business
  • Pro bono Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration) for neighbor disputes arising from the storm.

Residents are encouraged to bring any significant documents, leases, insurance agreements or paperwork. No reservations are required; walk-ins are welcome. To date, NCBA has held 11 legal clinics, including one each in Long Beach and East Rockaway, helping more than 520 people harmed by Sandy. The Bar Association is dedicated to continuing to assist as long as there is need. 

Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association, with a membership of nearly 6,000 private and public attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students, is the largest suburban bar association in the country. The Bar demonstrates its commitment to the community by offering a variety of services for the public, including: lawyer referral services, mortgage foreclosure, Superstorm Sandy recovery and senior citizen clinics, mentoring, judicial screening, public education programs and support for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides much-needed free legal services for the indigent of Nassau County. The WE CARE Fund, the NCBA’s charitable arm, assists children, the elderly and others in need, through countless projects and donations. For more information call 516-747-4070, email, or visit