Alabama State Bar Alerts Tornado Survivors About Out-Of-State Claims Adjusters
Montgomery, Alabama, May 9, 2011 – Residents in the 41 counties declared disaster areas need to be alert to possible illegal activities being conducted by out-of-state claims adjusters. In some reported cases, these adjusters are offering to settle damage claims related to the tornado rampage of last week.
Alabama does not license claims adjusters so any claims settled by such third party recovery firms are considered to be the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) which is subject to criminal prosecution. Anyone assisting third party adjusters attempting to settle claims on behalf of claimants could also be charged with aiding and abetting in this illegal activity.
The Alabama State Bar is serious about its responsibility to protect the public and to ensure that you understand your legal rights. While the various federal and state-related laws can be complicated, assistance in filing a damage claim is available through a number of reputable resources.
If someone tries to charge a fee to initiate a claim, say no and report it to the Alabama State Bar General Counsel's Office 334-269-1515 or the Attorney General's Office 334-242-7300. If you need legal assistance for a legal-matter related to the destruction caused by the tornados, contact the Alabama State Bar Disaster Legal Helpline at 1-800-354-6154.
The 16,600-member Alabama State Bar is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility, competence and satisfaction of its members, improving the administration of justice, and increasing public understanding and respect for the law.