Disaster Relief

Legal Aid of Nebraska has a network of volunteer attorneys across the state who offer free legal assistance to victims of state-declared disasters.We also host disaster preparedness workshops and presentations for the general public and provide ongoing training and webinars for volunteer attorneys.

Cases our volunteer attorney network normally handles:

  • Filing insurance claims
  • Recovering vital documents (birth certificates, marriage licenses, etc.)
  • any other legal issues you might face as the result of a disaster

The Legal Aid of Nebraska Disaster Relief Project has its own website. Visit it at http://disaster.legalaidofnebraska.org to learn more about the project and for disaster preparedness and disaster relief resources.

Education

If your child is struggling in school or if you believe your child is not receiving a fair and appropriate early childhood to high school public education, we may be able to help. We handle educational cases in a variety of areas.

Cases we normally handle:

  • Education access and preservation issues, including access to federally-mandated special education services.

Partner Resources and Other Helpful Links:
Federal Student Loan Discharge for Total and Permanent Disability
Dept. of Education — Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Regulation (pdf)
Dept. of Education (main website)
Nebraska Dept. of Education Rules and Regulations
Center for Law and Education
Parent Training and Information Nebraska

Special Education: 

Please check out Legal Aid of Nebraska’s extensive, free video library on special education.

Aging/Elderly

Legal Aid of Nebraska can help with a variety of legal issues caused or affected by aging.

Matters we normally help with:

  • Powers of attorney
  • Wills
  • Health Care Directives
  • Medicaid/Medicare
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Collection against Social Security benefits
  • Homestead exemptions

In 22 counties in Northeast Nebraska, Legal Aid Attorneys also travel to senior centers to provide community legal education on the above and other topics.

Cultural Competency Toolkit

In order to be more effective and proactive in assisting elders with their legal issues it is imperative for staff to be sensitive to the unique needs of the individuals they serve. Sensitivity to these cultural and ethnic issues is also important in not only the provision of legal services, but also for all help providers give. An over arching goal of Legal Aid’s ElderAccessLine® is to assist service provides in addressing cultural, economic, health and care-giving nuances among older adults who are African American, Latino, American Indian, New Comer, low- or non-English proficiency, or geographically isolated. Legal aid provides this toolkit with the intention of better serving our elderly clients from various backgrounds.

Cultural Competence Handout
Cultural Competence Brochure

Wills

A will is the legal declaration of how you want your property disposed of after your death.  A will should be thought of as one part of an estate plan, a plan which represents the culmination of a person’s life — his or her work, hopes and dreams. It is not easy to accumulate an estate in this day of high taxes, rising costs of living and of educating children. An estate represents what is left after a lifetime of work, and generally it is accumulated in the hope of passing on some measure of support to your family.

The best way to carry out your hopes and dreams is through careful estate planning. Your will is the most important part of an estate plan, and perhaps the most important document you will sign in your lifetime. It serves as a substitute for what you would do for your family if you were still alive.

Partner Resources and Other Helpful Links:
Nebraska Area Agencies on Aging
Justice in Aging
LGBT Aging Center
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

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Immigrants
Juvenile
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Tax
Public Utilities
Human Rights
Non-Profit Corporations
Veterans/Military

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