Attorneys will be hosting a free legal fair later this month to help flood victims with paperwork necessary to secure federal assistance.

Sometimes when family members die, relatives move into their homes without a legal succession in place. However, until current occupants can prove they own the houses where they live, they are ineligible for many disaster relief benefits.

Nonprofit leaders have said thousands of families have been held up or denied help because they lack a clear title to their homes. Clearing up the issue can require legal expertise.

"After the catastrophic August floods, homeowners just want to rebuild and start living their lives again, but many are being denied assistance because they lack a clear title to their home. … The legal assistance allows residents to gain access to federal and state rebuilding funds, since proving ownership is essential," Laura Tuggle, executive director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, said in a news release.

Attorneys will be available at the Southern University Law Center at 2 Roosevelt Steptoe Drive on Saturday, Jan. 28, between 9 a.m. and noon to help flooded residents who need to clear their titles.

Information is available by calling (844) 244-7871.

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