A coalition of private and public legal organizations have created a hotline in an effort to provide legal aide to fire victims across the state.

The hotline number is 415-575-3120.

Callers can also leave a message. Spanish and Chinese language attorneys will be on the hotline too.

The attorneys on the hotline will be able to guide victims through a variety of legal issues with a focus on the following:

- Landlord tenant legal issues

- Life, medical and property insurance issues

- Emergency aid applications through FEMA

- Home repair contracts

- Mortgage foreclosure issues

- Replacement of wills and other important legal documents

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Additional legal resources related to disasters can be found on the State Bar’s website.

In addition to the State Bar-run hotline, there are two others for Napa and Sonoma counties.

The Bay Area Legal Aid’s Legal Advice Hotline, 1-800-551-5554, is the number for Napa County residents.

Additionally, the Healthcare Consumer Center’s line, 1-855-693-7285, has been set up to aid Sonoma and Napa county residents with medical insurance coverage issues, prescription coverage issues and for those who have relocated out of state.

The groups involved in the hotline’s creation include: Bay Area Resilience Collaborative or BARC (Bar Association of San Francisco, SF-Marin Lawyer Referral and Information Service and the Justice & Diversity Center; Alameda County Bar Association and the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation; State Bar of California, Bay Area Legal Aid; and Pro Bono Net), the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC).


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Jennifer Huffman is the business editor and a general assignment reporter for the Napa Valley Register. I cover a wide variety of topics for the newspaper. I've been with the Register since 2005.