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Learn your legal rights at the “Harvey People’s Law School”


Richard M. Alderman Interim Dean of the Law Center

Learn your legal rights at the “Harvey People’s Law School”

Are you in a discussion with your insurance company or FEMA about your coverage or amount of damages? Has your landlord said you must still pay rent even though you can‘t live in your house or apartment? What benefits might you be entitled to now that your employer doesn’t need you until the building is rebuilt—and it could be months? Is bankruptcy a good option when you can no longer afford the mortgage on a house that was destroyed, while paying for a new place to live? And, what are your rights when it comes to the contractor who overcharged you for shoddy repairs to your flooded home, or the customer who says he can’t afford to pay now that he has lost everything in the hurricane?
These are just some examples of situations where knowing your legal rights is important and can help you avoid controversy and resolve disputes. When a disaster such as Hurricane Harvey strikes, it is more important than ever to know a little bit about the law. And a special session of the “People’s Law School,” focusing on legal issues faced by victims of Hurricane Harvey, will convene Sept. 30th at the University of Houston Law Center.
Volunteer judges, lawyers and law professors will teach classes and answer questions about legal rights available to those dealing with storm-related problems. There will be classes on insurance law, consumer and landlord tenant law, dealing with FEMA, bankruptcy, how to find the law on the internet, dealing with an attorney, as well as wills, family law and immigration. There will also be many volunteer lawyers to meet one-on-one with those who attend to discuss specific legal problems.
Presented by the Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Law Center, with the sponsorship of the Houston Lawyer Referral Service, the free program is the oldest and most successful of its kind in the nation having taught almost 60,000 people over the years. In addition to the opportunity to learn about the law, each participant will receive extensive written materials covering all of the topics taught.
Everyone who comes to the People’s Law School may attend three classes. But although the program is free you must register to attend. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and lasts until 12:20 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30th, at Krost Hall, on the main campus of the University of Houston. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m.
To register and receive directions, visit www.peopleslawyer.net or call 713-825-6068. Arrive a little early and take advantage of our free coffee and donuts.
I look forward to seeing you on the 30th.

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