Get Legal Help: New York

If you’re a New York resident and have legal problems such as being evicted from your home, domestic disputes, or facing judgements from creditors, and can’t afford an attorney, there are free and low-cost programs that you can access.

Free Legal Answers

The American Bar Association has partnered with states to offer this online Q&A program. Answer a series of questions to qualify and create an account, then ask your non-criminal (civil only) legal question. You’ll receive an email to login to your account when a volunteer lawyer responds to your question.

New York State Courts Access to Justice Program

The court provides Do-It-Yourself (DIY) forms and information and links to additional resources for the following:

  • Problems With Money – When you owe money or when someone owes you money
  • Name Change
  • When Someone Dies – Small estate, probate, administration
  • Criminal
  • Families & Children – Support, custody, divorce
  • Abuse & Harassment – Domestic violence, Order of Protection
  • Evictions and foreclosure
  • Guardianship
  • Small Claims

The Legal Aid Society

A private, not-for-profit legal services organization that provides a range of legal services to low-income New Yorkers, including the following:

  • Medical debt
  • Social security and other government benefits
  • Evictions and foreclosures
  • Unemployment insurance and back wages
  • Immigration
  • Tax disputes
  • AIDS & HIV issues
  • Criminal matters through the public defender program
  • Domestic disputes and juvenile rights

Urban Justice Center

The center serves New York’s most vulnerable residents with the goal of making legal services easily accessible to people living on the streets and in poverty. The services range from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to helping individuals access housing and government assistance. Here are the services you can access:

  • Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
  • Community Development Project
  • Domestic Violence Project
  • Human Rights Project
  • International Refugee Assistance Project
  • Mental Health Project
  • Peter Cicchino Youth Project
  • Safety Net Project
  • Sex Workers Project
  • Street Vendor Project
  • Veteran Advocacy Project