Legal Counseling Project
The Problem: When people cannot afford legal counsel or they are uncertain about how to obtain legal assistance to solve a particular problem, they become discouraged by the legal system. Consequently, they either endure needless and unjust hardship or give up on problems that might otherwise be easily solved.
How NYCLA helps
The Legal Counseling Project provides free phone consultations to the public in the areas of Landlord/Tenant Law, Family Law, and Employment Law. Legal volunteers review documents, answer questions, explain legal procedures and rights, and discuss options for the individual to resolve their problem or seek appropriate assistance and direction. The program covers the areas of (1) Landlord/Tenant Law, including eviction proceedings, issues with maintenance and repairs, and landlord harassment; (2) Family Law, focusing on separation and divorce, enforcement and modification of child support and maintenance, and custody and visitation; and (3) Employment Law, with an emphasis on wrongful termination, employee discrimination and hostile work environment, and pension and ERISA issues. Consultations are scheduled flexibly based on volunteers’ and clients’ availability.
To receive assistance from the Legal Counseling Project, please submit an online intake form here.