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Tsunami Victims Begin To Get Legal Help

In the wake of the onslaught of news coverage, you might not stop to think about the legal ramifications of a tsunami. But with all the destruction and massive deaths, the legal issues are going to be a quagmire.

Once the basic necessities are met (which will likely be a long time from now), surviving victims are going to have their hands full. Things like wills and property deeds - most likely destroyed - will make ownership and inheritance issues a mess. Just think about it: land where you once lived is now under water, other property washed away and other property unidentifiable because the property boundaries are gone. Who owns what?

I can't imagine the difficulty of submitting insurance claims for destroyed homes and lost property without policies.

Thailand has already recognized these problems and has sent a team of 60 legal officials to southern Thailand to help.

Entire industries are gone in sections of Indonesia: telecommunications, satellite, electrical facilities, and the jobs that go along with them. Banks washed away along with money, valuables and records. Even governments, along with legal records, laws and the people that make them.

It will be sometime before the tsunami victims can begin to face these issues. Once the basics are back in place, we'll likely see new laws develop to deal with the consequences of destruction on this scale.

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