Update from the State Bar on Hurricane Harvey Claims

Written by Dayan

Please know that all of our section members and their families, and those in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, continue to be at the center of our thoughts. We hope that you remain safe and that things begin to improve as quickly as possible. Below is some information that may be of interest or help to you during this difficult time:

Disaster Resources. For those of you in affected areas, the State Bar has put together a list of resources that may be helpful to you during this very difficult time. Please click on the following links to access the State Bar Disaster Resources for Attorneys and State Bar Disaster Resources for the Public.

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities. Local legal aid providers will be in high demand, but may also be operating within limited means. Attorneys, if you would like to volunteer to help those in need, please fill out this legal services survey.

The State Bar is connecting Texas lawyers who have been adversely affected by the storm with other lawyers who are able to assist them with needs such as temporary housing, office space, and cleanup services. As an attorney, if you have been adversely affected or wish to assist a colleague, please take a moment to complete this attorney assistance survey.

If you would like to donate money to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey, you can give through the Texas Bar Foundation, here. All donations collected through this effort will go directly to hurricane assistance programs.

HB 1774 re Insurance Claims. For those of our members handling insurance claims please note that HB 1774 was passed by the 85th Legislature and will change the law regarding insurance claims due to natural disasters. If you need to handle an insurance claim related to Hurricane Harvey, you should be aware of the effects of the new law. Claims made before September 1 will be subject to the current law. Those filed on or after September 1 will fall under the new law.

Court Proceedings. Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals Emergency Court Order has authorized modification and suspension of court procedures in proceedings affected by Hurricane Harvey. This order is in effect until September 27, 2017, unless the Courts extend it. Here is a list of court Closures and Delays provided by the Office of Court Administration.

Finally, here is a link to State Bar President Tom Vick’s recent email regarding the State Bar’s disaster relief efforts.

I hope this information is helpful to you if you have been affected by the recent storms and flooding. If you reside in other parts of the state, I hope you will consider helping those in need. Please stay safe and dry – and know that those of you that are directly affected by this disaster are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dayan Cabrera


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