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Attorney Zane Cagle

Posted on June 1st, 2011,
by Zane Cagle

Cagle Law Firm Lawyer Assists Joplin Victims-Free Legal Assistance

Posted on June 1st, 2011 by Zane Cagle

Lindsay Rakers of The Cagle Law Firm is in Joplin, Missouri for two days donating time and free legal assistance to the victims of the tragic May tornado. As neighbors of Joplin, each one of us looks for the best way we may use our gifts and talents to assist our family members and friends in Joplin. Providing free legal assistance to those victims having so many questions and challenges after such a disaster is one way The Cagle Law Firm is seeking to assist. Donations of food, supplies and money are always needed and appreciated gifts as well. We previously blogged about how you as an individual can assist Joplin victims by helping to spread information via websites.

Among the free legal advice Lindsay was able to share included such issues as: (1) my location of employment is closed and without power but still standing. I am due to receive a check for my last two weeks but my emplo9yer has not or may not be able to return my calls. What can I do? (2) Because of the disaster, my employer won’t let me return until I am evaluated by a doctor as I am pregnant. However, I can’t get into a doctor as they are all booked. Can I return to work and demand payment? (3) I lost four family members in the tornado. My employer will only provide me with one day off work for one funeral and is making me take unpaid comp days for the rest. Is that allowed? And what are my options? (4) My car was in a parking lot at the time of the tornado. After the tornado, I saw minor damage to my car but the car was not totaled. I came back the next day and the City had piled the rest of the lot on top of my car. I did not have car insurance. What can I do? (5) I had a contract for deed with my landlord/seller. Following the tornado, he told me that I was a “renter” not a “buyer”. He offered to give me down payment back. Can I still get FEMA money for my personal belongings? (6) My home was destroyed and I didn’t have insurance. Where can I live?

These are just a few of the questions Lindsay Rakers of The Cagle Law Firm is trying to assist Joplin victims. In addition to trying to assist victims with legal issues, Lindsay has had great interaction with the fine people of Joplin and she has heard many miraculous stories of bravery. Lindsay shared her experiences yesterday in her blog. After many hours of answering legal questions, Lindsay traveled across portions of Joplin that were hit. As we have been told, pictures and video do not capture the devastation nor is the sense of community Joplin is experiencing. We continue to be encouraged by all of the volunteers and sense of helpfulness that so many are expressing through donations and time commitments. We have listed many resources on our Facebook page and on Twitter and will continue to do so. There are so many fine organizations assisting in these weeks following the disaster. Continued support and attention to Joplin for many months will be necessary for Joplin to rebuild.

Further questions can be directed to Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm at (314) 276-1681 where consultations are always free.