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FPA offers bushfire assistance

The Financial Planning Association (FPA) is calling on members to volunteer pro bono advice services for victims of the NSW bushfires.

The industry body is reminding members about the FPA pro bono service and is calling upon CFP professionals to donate their expertise for the cause.

“It’s important to the FPA and our members to be able to support disaster victims, and the best way for us to do this is by providing free, professional advice to help people get back on their feet when many are struggling to cope with the loss of homes, personal possessions and probably their financial records,” the FPA said in a statement on their website.

“To show our support for victims of the recent disaster we are calling upon CFP professional and financial planner AFP members to volunteer to provide pro bono financial advice as part of their wider community responsibility as professional financial planners.”

The FPA pro bono service has been giving assistance to people in need for a number of years and works as a “central hub” to provide a link between financial planners and those seeking financial advice.

Planners may be able to help with budgeting, rebuilding and financing property and other damaged assets, administrative tasks around replacing lost or damaged financial documents and information and, where necessary, opportunities for lodging insurance claims.

The FPA is calling on members to officially register so that victims can get in touch with specific advisers.