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CLARO - Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office

Who We Are

The Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO) provides limited legal advice through volunteer lawyers to New York City residents who have consumer debt issues, including unrepresented New Yorkers who have been sues in the New York City Civil Court in debt collection cases. Weekly CLARO sessions operate in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island in the the Civil Court. The programs are run by local bar associations and law schools. The New York City Bar and Legal Services for NYC Bronx are also partners in Bronx CLARO.  

Who We Serve

  • Bronx County
  • Kings (Brooklyn) County
  • New York (Manhattan) County
  • Queens County
  • Richmond (Staten Island) County
Language(s) Spoken
  • Spanish / Español
Circumstances and languages in which interpreters are provided

Most CLARO programs have Spanish speakers available. We do not offer professional translation services.

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Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Self-Help Materials
  • Brief Advice
  • Pro Se Legal Clinic

How to Get Help

You can contact this organization by:

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See below for locations. (map)
, NY

Manhattan CLARO:
Manhattan Civil Court
111 Centre Street, Room 105
Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (must arrive by 7:30 p.m. to be seen)

Queens CLARO:
Queens County Civil Court
89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Room 116
Fridays beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Bronx CLARO:
Bronx Civil Court at Bronx Supreme Court
851 Grand Concourse at 161st Street, Room B128A
Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (must arrive by 5:30 p.m. to be seen)

Brooklyn CLARO:
Brooklyn Civil Court
141 Livingston Street, Room 403
Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Staten Island CLARO:
Call (347) 927-3417 for more information

Please bring copies of the entire court file, if possible, and all other court papers; any correspondence relating to the case.

Phone +


Manhattan CLARO: (212) 267-6646
Queens CLARO: (718) 739-4100
Bronx CLARO: (212) 636-7671
Brooklyn CLARO: (718) 624-3894
Staten Island CLARO (347) 927-3417

General Contact Information

CLARO - Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office
Manhattan, NY 10007
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Spanish / Español
Last Review and Update: Jul 15, 2015

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