How to Help Your Clients Avoid or Deal with Disasters

Date: Feb 7, 2024 11:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $99

Non-Member Price: $125

Event Code: I142124

Areas of Law: For All Attorneys

Earn up to 2 credits! (More Information)



Soo H. Woo, Esq.
Assistant Managing Attorney, Housing Unit
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services



Maryann Flanigan Sutherland, Esq.
Supervising Attorney, Foreclosure Defense Project, Legal Services of New Jersey, Edison
Josh Gaul, Esq.
Managing Attorney
Iowa Legal Aid

In the wake of natural disasters, individuals and communities often face complex legal challenges that can be overwhelming to handle on their own. Gain exposure to the legal issues that arise in disaster relief scenarios and the available resources to support affected individuals. Our expert panel of speakers will shed light on both short-term and long-term legal challenges, provide insights into FEMA applications and appeals, and share their experiences in handling disaster-related cases.

Join us for to bolster your ability to:

  • Understand the legal issues that arise in the aftermath of natural disasters, including landlord-tenant disputes, flood-related implications on leases, FEMA applications, and the federal declaration process.
  • Identify medium and long-term legal challenges, such as housing continuity, contractor fraud, document replacement, family issues, and insurance matters.
  • Gain insights into available resources, support networks, and organizations specializing in disaster relief.
  • Learn from real-life experiences of legal experts who have handled disaster-related cases in the past.

Program Agenda:

  • 11 |Welcome and Introduction
  • 11:05 | Short-Term Legal Issues in Disaster Relief 
    • Identify the immediate legal challenges faced by individuals and communities in the aftermath of a disaster.
    • Boost your understanding of the implications of natural disasters on landlord-tenant relationships and leases.
    • Gain insights into the FEMA application process, including key deadlines and the craft of a successful application.
    • Comprehend the federal declaration process and its implications on FEMA assistance, including timelines and procedures.
  • 11:25 | Medium and Long-Term Legal Challenges arising from Disasters - Soo H. Woo, Esq.
    • Explore the legal concerns that persist in the medium and long term after a disaster, including housing continuity and property damage for homeowners.
    • Navigate the processes for how victims can access benefits through FEMA and victim assistance programs.
    • Recognize the common issues related to contractor fraud and fraudulent cases, as well as the civil claims process.
    • Discover strategies for document replacement, addressing family issues, and handling insurance claims specific to disaster scenarios.
  • 11:50 | Panel Discussion: Expert Guidance on Legal Matters in Disaster Relief
    Speakers: Josh Gaul, Esq.; Maryann Flanigan; Soo H. Woo, Esq.
    • Gain insights into real-world experiences of organizations specializing in disaster relief and understand how they have handled cases in the past.
    • Learn about mentorship programs and their role in supporting new organizations dealing with natural disasters.
    • Survey the opportunities available through federal grants and the Legal Services Corporation for disaster relief work.
    • Understand the role of established organizations like Iowa Legal Aid and Legal Services New Jersey in providing assistance and guidance to legal professionals in disaster-affected areas.
  • 12:20 | Q&A Session
  • 12:30 | Closing Remarks
  • 12:40 | Adjourn

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 2.0).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Transitional: 2.0
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 1.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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