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Home Ownership Project

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice
Monday, August 13, 2007

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) and the private law firm Womble Carlyle collaborated on a homeowners’ project to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.  

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, many low-income New Orleanians lived in homes informally passed on to them by their parents or grandparents.  After Hurricane Katrina, these homeowners discovered that they were not eligible for a range of benefits because they did not have a clear title to their homes.

Womble Carlyle's project files successions (the Louisiana legal term for probating an estate) for the deceased homeowners and put the living heirs in possession of the property, making them eligible for the federal, state, and insurance assistance needed to rebuild their property. 

Womble Carlyle worked under the supervision of SLLS to provide a variety of legal services for the project, including:

  • Interviewing homeowners
  • Helping homeowners obtain relevant legal documents for their property
  • Advising homeowners regarding their options
  • Preparing pleadings and affidavits for probate
  • Filing succession petitions
  • Obtaining judgments of possession

To date, the firm has provided nearly 4000 hours of pro bono assistance to these clients.

Contact Information: 

Paul Tuttle
rptuttle@nolac.org

Managing Attorney/Successions Project
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services