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Las Vegas Shooting Victims Offered Free Legal Aid

By William Vogeler, Esq. on October 10, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, no lawyers emerged as heroes.

It rarely happens when disasters strike anyway because most often attorneys arrive later to make a case. But there is no bleeding in the courtroom.

Sometimes, however, lawyers can help victims when their wounds are still fresh. It's time now, because many people need a hero in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.

Las Vegas Aid

The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is offering free legal help to victims of the mass shootings. According to reports, pro bono lawyers will help with:

  • Probate and wills
  • Landlord and tenant issues
  • Insurance, death or disability claims
  • Debt collection issues from unpaid bills
  • Child custody orders and guardianships for orphaned children

The ABA Journal said non-residents will be referred to appropriate resources. Pro bono lawyers can volunteer services by completing a form.

Some victims may seek compensation from Mandalay Bay for physical and psychological damage, according to a lawyer who represented victims in the 1999 Columbine massacre.

"An Uphill Battle"

But, Stephen Walburg said, it's not a case he would want to take. The plaintiffs would have to prove that Stephen Paddock's attack was a "foreseeable event."

"It is going to be an uphill battle," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Still, the call for help is there. Attorneys answered that call in Texas after Hurricane Harvey devastated the region.

Justice Don Willett, recently nominated to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, responded. He spurred an order from the Texas Supreme Court that permitted out-of-state lawyers to assist victims there.

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