Hurricane Florence survivors can access estate planning services at expo

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Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Disaster Relief Project will be on site at the Pender County Long Term Recovery Group Disaster Preparedness Expo on July 17 to help survivors of Hurricane Florence prepare wills and advanced directives and to provide information about the other disaster-related legal services that the organization offers.  

The expo will take place at the Joint Community Center at 17808 NC Hwy 210 in Rocky Point from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

“Property ownership and estate planning are probably not the first things that come to mind when preparing for hurricane season, but they can be critical factors to recovery after a storm,” said Dale Deese, managing attorney of Legal Aid’s Disaster Relief Project. “In fact, estate planning documents can provide certainty for you and your heirs if disaster strikes and you end up in an extended recovery process. We are excited to be at the expo to provide this service as well as information about additional ways Legal Aid may be able to help with disaster recovery in Pender County.”  

Legal Aid may be able to draft a simple will or deed on site at the expo for eligible Hurricane Florence survivors who want to make sure that ownership of their home and land is clear and that their home and land will go to the person that they want to inherit it. Legal Aid’s services are free of charge. While walk-ins are welcome, advanced sign up is preferred. Please call Tommy Johnson at (984) 297-1977 or Michelle Green at (910) 623-1933 to sign up and secure a spot.  

Legal Aid is helping survivors of Hurricane Florence access recovery assistance for damage to their homes sustained during the storm, and may also be able to help when other legal issues arise during the recovery process.  For those who would like to learn more about Legal Aid’s services and eligibility, call the Legal Aid helpline at 866-219-5262. 


Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity. Legal Aid’s Disaster Relief Project provides legal assistance and education to survivors of natural disasters in North Carolina and supports community economic development and long-term recovery in disaster-impacted communities.