AL Bar Warns Victims About Illegal Claims Adjusters

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By Lisa Blackwell

The Alabama State Bar Association is warning tornado victims to beware of illegal conduct by claims adjusters.

The bar says in some reported cases, out-of-state adjusters are offering to settle damage claims.

Alabama does not license claims adjusters so any claims settled by such third party recovery firms are considered to be an unauthorized practice of law which is subject to criminal prosecution.

Anyone assisting third party adjusters attempting to settle claims could also be charged with aiding and abetting in this illegal activity.

If someone tries to charge a fee to initiate a claim, say no and report it to the Attorney General's Office 334-242-7300.

If you need legal assistance for a legal-matter related to the tornado outbreak, contact the Alabama State Bar Disaster Legal Helpline at 1-800-354-6154.

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