Dealing With the Aftermath of a Fire

November 15, 2017  |  Environmental, Wildfire

There is nothing more devastating than losing everything you own due to a fire. Tragically, thousands of people throughout Northern California are dealing with this very situation due to the recent wildfires. But if you have a plan for your next steps, you can try to make this horrible crisis a little less stressful for you and your family.

Property Taxes

While property taxes might be the last thing on your mind during this terrible time, the unfortunate reality is that you’ll still need to deal with them. Talk to your local tax assessment department before you send them any money. If you’ve lost your home or suffered severe property damage, your taxes will very likely change.

Everyday Concerns

If you no longer have a landline, there’s no reason for you to continue paying a phone bill. The same applies if you no longer have a home Wi-Fi connection. Contact your provider and let them know what has happened. The same applies to your weekly garbage collection. If trucks can’t even get to your home, you shouldn’t be paying for the service. Contact the post office to give them a new forwarding address for your mail or consider purchasing a P.O. box.

If you no longer have a passport because it was destroyed, apply for a new one as soon as you can. The longer you delay the process, the longer it will take for you to receive a replacement. If you recently purchased tickets for an upcoming event, contact the party you bought them from. See if they can be replaced or re-issued.

Take Legal Action

Baron & Budd, Singleton Law Firm, and Dixon Diab & Chambers LLP, known collectively as the California Fire Lawyers, have teamed up to provide legal help to the communities affected by wildfires. We know how incredibly difficult it can be to gather your thoughts during this kind of emergency. Just try to take a deep breath and consider all of your options. One of them could be to take legal action. There are reports that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) equipment may have played a role in causing the fires. Contact the California Fire Lawyers and we might be able to help you obtain compensation for your losses. Please complete our contact form or call wildfire to learn more.

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