Lessons Learned from the 11/15/13 Long Island Language Advocate Conference

LawHelpNY staff were present at the 11/15/13 Long Island Language Advocate Conference at Touro Law Center.  We got a chance to learn about three new programs serving immigrants in Long Island and the greater NYC area. Below is a general description of their services with information on how to contact them: Sepa Mujer: is a … Read moreLessons Learned from the 11/15/13 Long Island Language Advocate Conference

What would you do if you're stopped by the police? NYC Street Law Team will educate you about your rights

Stop-and-frisk is still being debated in New York City courts.  Even though stop-and-frisk searches have reduced by 80%, there are still certain communities in NYC that continue to have frequent encounters with police.  If you are a community member or a teacher who is aware of  aggressive policing in schools or in your community, contact … Read moreWhat would you do if you're stopped by the police? NYC Street Law Team will educate you about your rights

Sandy Survivors—Flood Insurance Deadlines Are Approaching!

If you have a flood insurance claim, you must submit a new “proof of loss”  to preserve your claim to your insurance company for what you might be still owed.  Proof of loss consists of three special forms and supporting documentation. FEMA has extended the proof of loss deadline, stating all of this proof of … Read moreSandy Survivors—Flood Insurance Deadlines Are Approaching!

Home owners living in high-risk flood areas need flood insurance and an emergency plan to protect crucial documents!

Some home owners that were affected by Superstorm Sandy didn’t have flood insurance—they may have not known they needed it because, for example, they no longer had a mortgage so they weren’t notified of the need for flood insurance. Even if you don’t have a mortgage, if your home is in a high risk area, … Read moreHome owners living in high-risk flood areas need flood insurance and an emergency plan to protect crucial documents!

Thanks to DOMA – Immigration Has Gotten Easier for LGBT Families

Thanks to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), lesbian and gay married couples and families will now be able to apply for family-based petitions.  The human rights organization, Immigration Equality provides answers to some of the most  most-commonly asked questions regarding family-based immigration petitions for LGBT families.    If you don’t see the answers to your … Read moreThanks to DOMA – Immigration Has Gotten Easier for LGBT Families

New work protections for domestic workers set to begin 2015

A law taking effect on 2015 will give new work protections for domestic workers. Domestic workers are nannies, housekeepers, and elder caregivers. They clean and cook and care for children and the elderly. Many are immigrants with a limited knowledge of the laws of this country or of the state in which they work. Some … Read moreNew work protections for domestic workers set to begin 2015

Changes to Federal Benefits After Passing of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Changes to federal benefits after passing of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) have taken place.  Now that it’s been months since DOMA passed, its helpful to look at how these changes may affect you and your partner.   A number of federal agencies have released information about changes to federal programs and benefits as a result … Read moreChanges to Federal Benefits After Passing of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)