• 01/05/2016 | LawHelpNY

    One of the harshest realities of being a college student and graduate is paying back student loans. Students face significant pressure just getting into college and staying in college, but the pressures continue long after you graduate when you have debt. The recent graduating class of 2015, faces the highest amount of student loan debt, with the average debt being $35k. The total tally of student debt in the U.S. tops out at $1.2 trillion.

  • 01/01/2016 | LawHelpNY

    What is DAPA? iAmerica provides a brief overview in this short video: According to the NYC Office of Immigrant Affairs:Deferred Action is a federal government program that provides temporary protection from deportation. Deferred Action also allows you to apply for a Social Security number, work authorization, and special permission to allow travel to and from the United States.Deferred Action is not a permanent immigration status. It is not a green card or a path to citizenship.

  • 12/14/2015 | LawHelpNY

    The foreclosure crisis in New York State is far from over. Foreclosures filings in New York remain high, hovering at more than 40,000* a year since 2013, a number well above pre-recession levels. After reaching a low in 2011 of under 17,000, the number of filings began to creep back up to a level alarmingly close to those seen at the height of the crisis. At the beginning of 2015, there were over 90,000 foreclosure cases pending in New York State Courts.

  • 12/01/2015 | LawHelpNY

    Is your landlord one of the worst? To find out, check the Office of the Public Advocate’s Worst Landlords Watchlist. There you can see the recently released list of the 100 worst landlords in New York City.

  • 11/18/2015 | LawHelpNY

    Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is an interpreter?When people speak different languages, an interpreter helps them talk to each other.  An interpreter can work in person or over the phone.Is what I say to the interpreter confidential?If your interpreter works for your lawyer or someone else who works in a legal office, everything you say to the interpreter is confidential, which means that it is not shared with anyone outside of the legal office.  You have the right to confirm that the interpreter is working under a confidentiality agreement.

  • 11/01/2015 | LawHelpNY

    Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer launched a series of workshops and forums in early fall 2015, Access Manhattan: Services for Stronger Communities. They have held a number of events since October that will continue through December. On November 4th, there will be a Medicaid/Medicare workshop held at her office, 431 West 125th Street. from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. If you would like to register for this event register here. The event listing states: Having problems with your Medicaid/Medicare health insurance certification and application?

  • 10/29/2015 | LawHelpNY

    What are the legal services statewide websites?The Legal Services Corporation has funded statewide legal information websites in 54 states and territories. These websites provide accurate, easy-to-understand information in the legal areas most affecting low-income and vulnerable people. These websites also provide information on free legal aid offices (also called legal services) in each state.What is the Legal Services Corporation?The Legal Services Corporation is a not-for-profit corporation established by the United States government.

  • 10/23/2015 | LawHelpNY

    Do you know the differences between Federal, State, & Local Laws?What are Federal laws?Federal laws are rules that apply throughout the United States.  These laws apply in every state, such as:  Immigration law Bankruptcy law Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) laws Federal anti-discrimination and civil rights laws that protect against racial, age, gender and disability discrimination Patent and copyright laws Federal criminal laws such as laws against tax fraud and the counterfeiting of moneyWhat are state laws?There are 50 st

  • 10/15/2015 | LawHelpNY

    The New York State Attorney General created AGScamHelp.com to help New Yorkers identify scams, find trustworthy help through the Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP), and report potential scammers directly to the Attorney General’s office. prevent New Yorkers from becoming victims of these terrible scams.

  • 10/13/2015 | LawHelpNY

    Preparing for Court I have an upcoming court date.  What are the first things I should do?At least 1 week before your court date, contact the court if you need: An interpreter Wheelchair accessWhat else can I do to get organized? Make sure you have all the documents you need for your court case. Bring original documents.  (Have copies available in case you need them.) For records from a government office or agency, get certified copies from that agency or government office.  Decide what you want out of the case – this will help you evaluate any possi