Protect Legal Documents As Part Of Bushfire Preparation

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Media release

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS, BUSHFIRE REPORTERS, LEGAL REPORTERS

Please note bushfire legal help phone number 1800 113 432


PROTECT LEGAL DOCUMENTS AS PART OF BUSHFIRE PREPARATION

Important legal documents, including proof of identity papers, should be included in Relocation Kits, advises Bushfire

Legal Help.


After the Black Saturday fires, many people lost important documents which made it difficult to prove their identity and

created legal complications.


“Bushfire Legal Help assisted many people to establish their identity, and we advise that it would be a good idea for 

people to copy and store important documents in case they are burnt out,” spokesperson Kerry O’Shea said.


“Many people had trouble finding or replacing wills, mortgage papers, birth certificates, insurance and other

documents after the fires,” she said. 


The Victorian Government and CFA are advising all Victorians to be prepared for the 2010 bushfire season.


This includes packing a Relocation Kit which should contain items of value, important documents and personal

information you will need if you have to leave your home or property.


Bushfire Legal Help has prepared a checklist of information that could be copied and stored. Information is available




Checklist of important information you may need


Birth certificate 


Passport 


Marriage certificate 


Will 


Powers of Attorney papers 


Land and/or house title or certificate 


Mortgage papers 


Rental/leasing documents for home or business rentals 


Current insurance policies and contact details 


Superannuation and investment details 


Employment contract (workers) 


Important business papers (small business) 


Tax file number 


Medicare number 


Health insurance fund number 


Bank account and credit card numbers 


Bushfire Legal Help was established to provide pro bono support legal support and includes Victoria Legal Aid, the

Federation of Community Legal Centres, the Law Institute of Victoria, Victoria Law Foundation, Public Interest Law

Clearing House and the Victorian Bar.





Media release - 23 December 2009

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Further information contact Kerry O’Shea on koshea@liv.asn.au or  0401 107103.






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