It's been three weeks since a man walked into the Cielo Vista Walmart and opened fire on innocent people who were there to shop on a normal Saturday morning. In those three weeks, charitable organizations have been raising money
for victims, and now a group of local lawyers is stepping up to help victims get their legal affairs in order.

From the Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid website, these are some of the things they can help with:

Establishing heirs and estates of the deceased in order to access benefits and bank accounts;
Applying for survivor or disability benefits with the Social Security Administration;
Assisting with applying for and appealing denials of unemployment benefits;
Negotiating with mortgage companies and landlords requesting payments;
Helping locate and assisting with the prevention of repossession of vehicles;
Assisting with applying for and appealing denials of Crime Victims’ Compensation benefits and other benefits;
Resolving problems with the enrollment of children in school because of changes in household composition.

If there are Walmart shooting victims who are not eligible for assistance from TRLA, they will be referred to private lawyers who have agreed to provide assistance for free. You can call Alberto Mesta, TRLA El Paso Branch Manager at (915)585-5117 for more information. You can also go to their website, by clicking here, for more information.

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