LSBA Disaster Response


Dear Members:

The LSBA continues its support of members who are currently in the process of rebuilding their lives and practices.

The LSBA has set up a webpage dedicated to giving and receiving non-monetary donations like housing help, office equipment, commuting assistance and employment opportunities.  Please visit the Disaster Response Donations page if you are willing to donate, or are in need of donations. Click here for more information.

The LSBA also encourages members who would like to lend a helping hand during the recovery process. Attorney volunteers are being sought to provide legal advice and counseling to flood victims. Volunteers are needed to answer questions from individuals seeking assistance at Disaster Recovery Centers and to assist the Louisiana Civil Justice Center in answering calls through the Statewide Disaster Hotline. Counseling is needed in many topic areas, including insurance claims, home-repair contracts and consumer-protection matters. Click here for more information on how to volunteer.

The LSBA remains dedicated to serving the needs of our members and the public throughout this long road to recovery.

Sincerely,

Darrel J. Papillion
2016-2017 LSBA President

When the residents with flood insurance get back in their homes, please ask them to fill out this form and send it to the below address if their policy was issued by FEMA:
NFIP Direct Servicing Agent
P.O. Box 2966
Shawnee Mission, KS 66201-1366

If the policy was issued by a "write-your-own" insurance company, the homeowner will have to send the proof of loss to their insurance company.

The normal deadline for this form is 60 days after the loss. Watch for further information as FEMA may extend the deadline (as they usually do with disasters). The failure to timely submit this form can be fatal to a flood insurance claim.

Link for SFIP Proof of Loss

or download directly from LSBA (right-click and choose "Save Link As")
Practice Management Offers
We would like to thank the following companies for their offers to our flood affected members. Please note that these offers are being extended to all lawyers in flood affected parishes only, whether or not they attended the Disaster Seminar. For more information about each offer, click on the company name.


We also want to convey special thanks to Fujitsu for donating fifty seven (57) ix100 ScanSnaps.
 

Quotes from Disaster Seminar Vendors 2016

Do you need help reorganizing your law office's legal technology? Contact the following members of the LSBA staff. We’re here to help.
-Tony LaVerde, Director of Information Technology, tony.laverde@lsba.org (504) 619-0117
-Shawn L. Holahan, Esq. Practice Management Counsel, shawn.holahan@lsba.org (504) 619-0153

SOLACE is accepting assistance requests for non-monetary needs from those affected by the severe weather. Requests can be for gift cards, furniture, office space, temporary housing, food, etc. Requests for assistance will be circulated to the 20,000 plus SOLACE members. If you or someone you know needs assistance, forward your request to SOLACE at solaceinfo@lasolace.org or post your request to the LSBA Diaster Response Message Board. Please include an email address that protects the sender's identity.
Disaster Response Announcements
Governor Amends Executive Order on Emergency Suspension of Legal Deadlines
Gov. John Bel Edwards has amended his previous Executive Order for the emergency suspension of deadlines in legal, administrative and regulatory proceedings. To review the amended executive order, click here.
SOLACE Support for Those Affected by Flooding
SOLACE is accepting assistance requests for non-monetary needs from those affected by the severe weather. Requests can be for gift cards, furniture, office space, temporary housing, food, etc.  Requests for assistance will be circulated to the 20,000 plus SOLACE members.  If you or someone you know needs assistance, forward your request to SOLACE at solaceinfo@lasolace.org or post your request to the LSBA Diaster Response Message Board. Please include an email address that protects the sender's identity.
Gov. Edwards: 20 Parishes Receive Federal Declaration
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that a total of 20 parishes have been declared a major disaster by the federal government. For more information and the full list, click here. 
Filing Extension Available to Louisiana Taxpayers Affected by Flooding
A one-month filing and payment extension is available to Louisiana taxpayers affected by recent severe storms and flooding. The extension applies to Louisiana tax returns and payments due August 15, 2016. The extended deadline is September 15, 2016. For returns and payments submitted by the extended deadline, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) will waive any late filing penalties, late payment penalties and interest that would otherwise apply. To view the LDR pres release, click here.
FEMA Disaster Declarations for Louisiana
The FEMA website provides updates on federal disaster aid and financial assistance for the State of Louisiana to supplement local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding. To read about parishes affected by FEMA Disaster Declarations for Louisiana, click here.
  • The Louisiana Supreme Court website is logging all court closure orders. To review the list of court closings, click here
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed an executive order for the emergency suspension of deadlines in legal, administrative and regulatory proceedings. Legal deadlines, including liberative prescription and peremptive periods applicable to legal proceedings in all courts, administrative agencies and boards, are suspended until at least Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. To review the executive order, click here.
  • The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana has suspended all legal deadlines until further notice. To read the court’s order, click here.
  • The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal has ordered that extended all legal deadlines to September 12, 2016. To read the court’s order, click here.
  • The Louisiaiana Supreme Court has ordered that all filings due to the court between Aug. 12 through Sept. 9 will now be considered timely if recieved by Sept. 12. To read the court’s order, click here.
  • The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana has issued General Order 2016-11, terminating the suspension of all deadlines subject to the Omnibus Order of Aug. 17, 2016. To read the court’s order, click here.
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