EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — Texas RioGrande Legal Aid is offering free civil legal services to survivors of the Walmart mass shooting incident and extending them to relatives of victims, as well.
This is an initiative to help low-income survivors and their family members.
"The survivors and victims of the situations are focusing on the immediate legal needs and medical bills,” said Alberto Mesta, branch manager attorney of El Paso TRLA. “They are not anticipating some of the things we know are going to pop up later."
Those who do not qualify for this assistance will be referred to private attorneys who have agreed to help for free.
TRLA can help with many needs of survivors and their families:
Establishing heirs and estates of the deceased to access benefits and bank accounts
Applying for survivor or disability benefits with the Social Security Administration
Assisting with applying for and appealing denials of unemployment benefits
Negotiating with mortgage companies and landlords requesting payments
Helping locate and assisting with the prevention of repossession of vehicles
Assisting with applying for and appealing denials of Crime Victims' Compensation benefits and other benefits
Resolving problems with the enrollment of children in school because of changes in household composition
Those who need TRLA services can call its disaster hotline at 866-757-1570 or come in person to the El Paso office located at 1331 Texas Ave., El Paso, TX 79901.
Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.