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Finding Help for a Legal Problem

If you have a legal problem and you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services. The Volunteer Lawyers Project is one of several orga
nizations throughout New York City that assist low-income individuals with certain types of legal matters.

Before calling the VLP, you can find out whether you might be eligible for our services by answering the following questions:

Eligibility

Do you live in Brooklyn?

The VLP is only able to assist full-time residents of Brooklyn.

What is your annual income?

The Volunteer Lawyers Project, like other legal service agencies, uses income guidelines to determine who is eligible for free help. The guidelines are based on a percentage of the federal poverty level. The VLP can assist residents of Brooklyn living at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Practice Areas

What type of legal problem do you have?

The VLP provides direct representation, pro se assistance or advice and counsel in the following areas:

Family Law: Child Support, Custody and Visitation

Uncontested Divorce

17A Guardianship: Guardianship of an adult diagnosed Mentally Retarded or Developmentally Disabled

Consumer Law: Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Elder Law/Estate Planning: Wills, Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney and Living Wills

Foreclosure Intervention

Eligible Brooklyn residents may also receive assistance through one of the VLP’s special projects:

CLARO Consumer Debt Clinic: Assists people who are being sued for a debt in Kings County Civil Court, or who are being harassed or threatened by creditors. CLARO volunteer attorneys give litigants the advice and counsel they need to effectively represent themselves.

Volunteer Lawyer For The Day Consumer Credit:  Eligible litigants are provided with an attorney that will provide limited scope representation in Kings County Civil Court on their consumer credit case.

DACA: Provide immigration information, screening and assistance to low-income immigrant youth in Brooklyn seeking to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In partnership with Brooklyn Defender Services.

Hours/Directions

The Volunteer Lawyers Project is located in the Brooklyn Bar Association building at:

123 Remsen Street, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Cross Streets: Clinton Street and Henry Street 

Intake advocates are available to answer your call or meet with you in person on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00-5:00. Please leave a message at any time if we are unable to get to your call.

Subway
Take the 2, 3, 4 or 5 train to Borough Hall; or the R to Court Street. Both stops are within a 5-minute walk of the building. The A, C, or F train to Jay Street – Borough Hall is a ten-minute walk from the building.

Please note that our client intake hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm.

If you do not live in Brooklyn, or if you have a case that is outside of the VLP’s program areas, you may be able to find assistance through another organization or agency. Visit www.lawhelp.org to search for legal services in your area that help with your type of legal problem. Keep in mind that most free legal services use income guidelines similar to the ones used by the VLP. If your income does not qualify you for free legal services, you may need to speak with a private attorney. For a referral and initial consultation of $25, call the Brooklyn Bar Association Lawyers Referral Service at (718) 624-0843.

Contact Us

Intake advocates are available to answer your call or meet with you in person on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00-5:00. Please leave a message at any time if we are unable to get to your call.

Address: Volunteer Lawyers Project
123 Remsen Street, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Telephone: 718-624-3894
Fax: 718-624-3926