Legal Aid Resources

The Library can help direct our communities to important free legal services, programs, and resources.


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Bronx Defenders

Assist clients and community members with both legal and non-legal situations. In addition to representing Bronx residents in Criminal, Family, Housing, and Immigration Court, they host events, trainings, and town halls on the important legal issues facing the Bronx community.

Law Help NY

An organization committed to helping low-income and other vulnerable New Yorkers achieve equal access to justice by providing information that is user-friendly in English, Spanish (español), and other languages.

Legal Aid Society

Nonprofit legal services organization, the oldest and largest in the nation, dedicated since 1876 to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers.

Legal Services NYC

An organization challenging systemic injustices and ensuring the well-being of communities across the city. Their work includes preventing evictions and preserving housing; demanding access to high-quality education, health care, and economic security; ensuring safety and stability for survivors of domestic violence and immigrants; and fighting for the dignity and respect of all New Yorkers, including LGBTQ communities, New Yorkers with disabilities, and people of color.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

 A nonprofit civil rights law firm specializing in the areas of disability rights, access to health care, and environmental justice.

NY CourtHelp

Support website for individuals who do not have any legal representation. Find court forms and DIY Forms, locate court addresses and Help Centers, learn about foreclosures, custody, divorce, name changes, cases for money, child support, criminal cases, appeals, going to court, and more.

NYLAG (NY Legal Assistance Group)

A leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Services include free civil rights services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships.

VOLS (Volunteers of Legal Service)

Work alongside 1,000+ pro bono lawyers and collaborate with 200+ community-based groups to serve New Yorkers who cannot access legal support due to low household income or underserved socio-economic background.

Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT)

A nonprofit organization committed to increasing access to justice in New York State Family Court. They offer free legal information and advice on New York family law through a bilingual Helpline, legal consultations, legal education workshops and clinics through community-based partnerships, a library of multilingual Legal Resource Guides, and the Family Law Navigator—an online tool that provides customized information to parents and caregivers.

 


 

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