Public Legal Resources
General Legal Assistance
- The New York Court System website has a list of all of the major attorney referral services in New York State that will handle all general legal matters, including housing, divorce, personal injury, and immigration. This list includes the New York City Bar, and local bar associations in Manhattan (New York County), Bronx, Brooklyn (Kings County), Queens, Staten Island (Richmond County), Nassau and Suffolk.
- The Legal Aid Society of New York provides legal assistance to low income families and individuals in a variety of matters and acts as the Public Defender in New York City.
Public Resources from the Courts
- New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program: Certified providers statewide help separating or divorcing parents better understand the effects of their breakup on their children. The program, which in many cases is free, offers parents practical skills to help their children adjust to their new family situation.
- Court Interpreters: Court Interpreters help New Yorkers participate fully in our courts regardless of language or hearing capacity. The court system provides interpreters in more than 100 languages.
- Official Court Forms Free: Forms include family law, uncontested divorce, civil legal matters such as name changes and probate matters.
- Matrimonial Matters: Divorce resources, including divorce forms and glossary of legal terms.
- Mediation: Mediation is one of the more popular forms of resolving disputes. Instead of asking a judge to make a decision in court, parties in conflict meet with a trained mediator who helps them communicate with one another and if possible reach an agreement that satisfies everyone. Community Dispute Resolution Centers provide free and low cost mediation services.
- Judicial Voter Guide: The Voter Guide provides information to assist the electorate in selecting its judicial candidates.
Topical Legal Assistance
- Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (civil rights, anti-Asian violence, election access/voting, low-income Asian Americans)
- Asian Americans for Equality (immigration/naturalization, housing, government benefits)
- The Door Legal and Immigrant Services (for youth aged 12 to 21)
- Innocence Project (post-criminal conviction appeals, DNA evidence)
- MFY Legal Services (low-income, landlord-tenant, seniors, consumer rights)
- MinKwon Center for Community Action (immigrant rights legal services, workers' rights, homelessness prevention)
- Sanctuary for Families (divorce, child custody/visitation, child and spousal support, immigration and prosecution of batterers in criminal matters)
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (not-for-profits, low-income artists)
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