The Nassau County Bar Association is hosting free legal consulting clinics for people dealing with legal issues related to Superstorm Sandy, which destroyed or damaged more than 95,000 buildings in Nassau and Suffolk counties and created more than 4.4 million cubic yards of debris when it hit the East Coast in 2012. According to federal statistics, one in 10 homes in the two counties had some kind of flood or storm damage, and 117 structures in Nassau County experienced storm damage that exceeded 50 percent of their value.
Many residents still are dealing with the legal aftermath of the storm, including foreclosures, insurance claims, and bankruptcy. The Nassau County Bar Association has provided ongoing help through its website and its member lawyers, ranging from information about contractor scams to links to recovery and assistance organizations. The legal consulting clinics will provide free, one-on-one meetings with attorneys, where clients can meet with HUD counselors to discuss mortgage foreclosure issues, talk with bankruptcy attorneys, and discuss federal assistance and grants. For clients needing language assistance, the association provides attorneys who speak fluent Spanish, Russian, Korean, Haitian Creole, and other languages.
Andrew Morganstern, senior litigation counsel for Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, serves on several committees for the Nassau County Bar Association.