Toolkit provides prudent financial information and resources for those affected by Oct. 1 shooting tragedy
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada announces the creation of a second resource guide designed for victims and their families affected by the October 1 shooting tragedy. The Vegas Strong Investment & Financial Planning Toolkit offers a wealth of information from tips to avoiding financial fraud to how to choose an investment professional. Much of the information provided is from FINRA Investor Education Foundation whose mission is to provide underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life (www.finrafoundation.org). The toolkit was created by Legal Aid Center to assist the victims and families who will eventually receive compensation stemming from the October 1 tragedy.
“Based upon what we’ve learned from victims’ experiences following the Boston Marathon bombing, Pulse nightclub shooting and others, we expect to see a new crop of legal and financial issues arise once victim’s funds are issued. There are unscrupulous people out there who will prey on those who have come into funds by trying to off load shady investment products, offering loans and engaging in other fraudulent schemes. We want to help those who are already suffering avoid financial loss by offering free sound financial advice from a reputable source,” said Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. “The Investment & Financial Planning Toolkit will be useful to just about everyone. Our office will continue to offer free legal assistance to those victims and survivors who have civil legal issues as a result of this tragedy.”
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and the State Bar of Nevada are collaboratively offering support, counseling and free legal assistance to individuals touched by the Oct. 1 tragedy. People needing extended representation will be assisted by one of Legal Aid Center’s dedicated staff attorneys or one of the many attorneys who have volunteered to help. The State Bar of Nevada has committed to working with bar associations around the country to find free legal resources in the states where concert attendees live for a consultation or legal representation. Legal Aid Center is accepting all requests for legal assistance from the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center as well as referrals from other nonprofit organizations working with those affected by the tragedy.
For more information or to request an appointment, call (702) 386-1598, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, send an email to LegalAidServices@lacsn.org, or visit www.lacsn.org. Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada does not accept clients who wish to pursue personal injury, wrongful death, or negligence type claims.
About Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
Established in 1958, Legal Aid Center is a private, nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization that ensures equal access to justice through free legal advice and representation for those who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Service areas include domestic violence, child abuse, consumer fraud and social security. Free classes are offered in bankruptcy, divorce, custody, small claims, guardianship and foreclosure. Funding is provided through private donations, government grants and pro bono hours donated by local attorneys. Please visit www.lacsn.org for more inform