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Free legal help for Victorian bushfire victims

January 20th 2020

If you’ve been affected by bushfires, free legal assistance is available through Disaster Legal Help Victoria.

What can Disaster Legal Help assist with?

A range of issues can surface after a bushfire. Disaster Legal Help can help you with many of those issues, including but not limited to:

  • problems with insurance claims, including rejected claims
  • difficulty paying your mortgage, rent, bills or loans
  • disputes with your landlord about rent or lease agreements
  • lost or destroyed documents, including wills, titles and identification documents
  • difficulty getting payments from Centrelink
  • existing legal issues that have been impacted by the bushfires, such as parenting and custody arrangements, child support and family violence intervention orders.

Disaster Legal Help can help you to work through the issue, discuss your next steps and connect you with other specialist services for ongoing help.

How to get help

Call the Disaster Legal Help phone line on 1800 113 432, available 8 am to 6 pm weekdays.

Visit the Disaster Legal Help website for information about the most common legal issues people experience after a disaster.

What is Disaster Legal Help?

Disaster Legal Help Victoria provides free legal assistance to Victorians affected by a disaster. It was originally formed to provide free legal support for those affected by the February 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Disaster Legal Help Victoria is a partnership between Victoria Legal Aid, the Federation of Community Legal Centres, the Law Institute of Victoria, the Victorian Bar and Justice Connect.

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