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Free legal help for Nassau residents hit by Sandy, foreclosure

Nassau County residents who are at risk of mortgage foreclosure or whose homes were damaged by superstorm Sandy can get free guidance at a series of legal clinics next month.

The Nassau County Bar Association will offer a foreclosure clinic on Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. at its headquarters at 15th and West streets in Mineola. The following two Mondays, Dec. 10 and 17, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 3:30 to 6 p.m., the group will offer clinics for homeowners hit by superstorm Sandy.

At next week’s foreclosure clinic, volunteer attorneys will offer one-on-one guidance about foreclosure, loan modification and bankruptcy. Federally certified housing counselors and representatives from the state Department of Financial Services will also be available. Attorneys who speak Spanish will be on site, and those fluent in other languages can be made available upon request. Those attending should bring their mortgage documents to the clinic. Reservations are required.

At the superstorm Sandy clinics, attorneys will offer advice on insurance claims, federal assistance, debt deferral, bankruptcy, consumer protection issues regarding contractors, health issues, landlord-tenant issues, avoiding foreclosure and pro-bono mediation and arbitration for disputes between neighbors. Bilingual attorneys will attend on request. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Reservations can be made by calling 516-747-4070.

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