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July 20, 2018

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Legal Aid Center offers resource hub for mass shooting victims

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Debris litters a festival grounds across the street from Mandalay Bay, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Authorities said Stephen Paddock broke a hotel suite’s windows and began firing with a cache of weapons, killing dozens and injuring hundreds at a music festival at the grounds.

The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, which has been offering support, counseling and free legal assistance to those impacted by the Oct. 1 mass shooting, has packaged useful legal and financial information in a "toolkit" now available online.

The Vegas Strong Legal & Financial Toolkit provides a one-stop site for information on resources, such as hospitals waiving portions of medical bills, how to pay for funeral expenses, and tips for those who worked during the festival.

“We recognize many victims, survivors and families are dealing with grief and shock and are not ready now to deal with the myriad of civil legal issues that will arise in the days, weeks, and months to come,” Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, said in a news release. “That’s why the Vegas Strong Legal & Financial Toolkit will be such a great resource for them, providing basic information on the first steps to take in dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy. This is in addition to the one-on-one counseling and legal representation our office is providing for civil legal aid issues.”

Those seeking extended representation — which does not include clients wishing to pursue negligence-type claims — will be assisted by staff attorneys with the legal aid center, and other volunteer attorneys, according to the news release.

“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,” the release said. The toolkit will be updated as services expand.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 702-386-1598 between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (local time) Monday to Friday or via email, [email protected]