SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — A team of …

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — A team of 45 attorneys across six different offices at Morrison & Foerster LLP have produced the Helping Handbook, a 189-page overview of some of the legal issues faced by individuals and businesses on the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina and the damage that ensued. The Handbook is targeted to individuals, families, and small
businesses in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

The Handbook’s sections include:
– FEMA Assistance
– Housing
– Personal Finances
– Government Benefits
– Taxes
– Replacing Lost Documents
– Your Job
– Insurance
– Death
– Education
– Immigration
– Telephone and Internet Service
– Victims of Crime
– Veterans Resources
– Pets and Animals
– Mental Health Resources
– Small Businesses
– Lawyer Referral Services and Legal Aid
– Other Resources

This Handbook follows a tradition at Morrison & Foerster of providing
valuable and practical information to those in need during and after a crisis.
The firm also produced helping handbooks for small business owners and
individuals after the 9/11 tragedy and the California wildfires, which were
widely distributed and translated into several languages.
This project was done in conjunction with the Center for Pro Bono, a
project of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. This
Helping Handbook is currently available on the web (in PDF format) at

About Morrison & Foerster
Morrison & Foerster is a leading, global law firm offering legal services
in litigation and business. Our one thousand lawyers worldwide offer
unsurpassed expertise in finance, life sciences, and technology, legendary
litigation capabilities, and unrivaled reach across the Pacific Rim. We have
one compelling mission: to deliver success for our clients. Recent
accomplishments for the firm include

– Top 25 IPO law firms by IPO Vital Signs Q2 2005

– Top 15 legal advisors on U.S. M&A deals for 2005 YTD – Mergerstat

– Ranked on The American Lawyer’s Corporate Scorecard 2005: # 3 REIT
Debt, Issuer’s Counsel; # 6 IPOs, Issuer’s Counsel; # 9 IPOs,
Underwriter’s Counsel; # 9 Mutual Funds, Counsel by Net Assets of All
Fund Clients; # 9 Mutual Funds, Counsel by Number of New Issues

– Leading law firm in the U.S. for Intellectual Property/Life Sciences –
PLC Which Lawyer? 2005 survey

– One of the top litigation practices in the country – The American
Lawyer 2004 survey

– # 1 for diversity among all U.S. law firms for the last four years –

– “100 Best Companies to Work For” – FORTUNE’s 2005 list

– The American Lawyer “A” list 2005

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