09/08/2014 | LawHelpNY
Faced with the persistent housing crisis in New York State, our Attorney General has begun to take steps in the right direction. New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced his new plan, the New York State Mortgage Assistance Program (NYS MAP). This program is designed to make small loans available to families in order to prevent the foreclosure of their homes. Loans can be used for paying off mortgage payments or unpaid interests and fees, paying down second or third mortgages, satisfying tax liens, and many other anti-foreclosure measures.
09/06/2014 | LawHelpNY
Home to over 1,000,000 veterans, New Yorkers lead the way in service to our country. 80,000 New York veterans have served or are currently serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including more than 7,000 members of the New York Army National Guard. Many of our Veterans have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan more than once, which in turn has taken its toll on them and their families.Because the variety of benefits and services available to Veterans and their families is vast and spans local, state and federal governments, accessing them can be difficult and confusing.
09/03/2014 | LawHelpNY
Our neighbors, our friends and our family members face an epidemic of lawsuits from predatory debt collectors—and they face them alone and uninformed. In 2011, less than 2% of civil suit defendants obtained legal counsel, which reveals two striking facts: debt collection agencies and law firms enjoy an immense advantage over self-represented litigants and free legal resources are scarce.
08/27/2014 | LawHelpNY
Well, maybe never if you’re under 50, but as you get older, it does become a concern. Alexander H Ryley, Director of the Elderly Project at Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) in New York City decided to explain “Probate” in response to questions from seniors who had recently lost a spouse, and we decided to publish what he wrote. Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll try to answer them.
08/25/2014 | LawHelpNY
In partnership with the CUNY Immigration Working Group, we're releasing a new video and accompanying lesson plan to get nonprofit staff acquainted with emerging tech-driven initiatives. If you would like one of our staff to go over the video and lesson plan with your organization, contact Wilneida Negron at: email@example.com to request a free in-house training. Thanks to Mark O'Brien from Pro Bono Net, Matthew Burnett from Immigration Advocates Network, and Emma Murphy from Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC for their interview time!
08/25/2014 | LawHelpNY
A federal judge, in response to a case filed by the New York State Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission has ordered a debt collector in Buffalo going under the names, eCapital Services or the National Check Registry to stop lying to borrowers by telling them that they face prison or job loss for unpaid debts. The Owners were charged with deceiving consumers, making false accusations of check fraud and threatening consumers if the debt was not paid immediately. The Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission have filed a lawsuit against them.
08/21/2014 | LawHelpNY
(This article originally appeared in the NYLAG Blog)On the national front this has been a summer of disappointment, outrage and guarded hope for the rights of immigrant families living in our country.
08/16/2014 | LawHelpNY
While the national debate rages on as to the threat posed by undocumented immigrants, the immigrants themselves often face a more personal threat- domestic violence.All immigrants to United States, legal or not, are afforded the same legal protections as American citizens are when they are victims of domestic violence.
08/14/2014 | LawHelpNY
Have you worked with Excellent Employment Agency, United Employment Agency, Patricia Employment Agency, Rivera Employment Agency or Sunset Employment Agency?
08/11/2014 | LawHelpNY
This video highlights a website and app that can help you answer questions about your eligibility for citizenship through naturalization. It will also help you to understand the naturalization process and prepare for the naturalization tests.
Volunteer Spotlight: Manny Bamrah
Today we would like to highlight Manny Bamrah, a LiveHelp Volunteer for LawHelpNY, and his experience working with the live chat support program. Volunteers staff LiveHelp, an online, real-...