More legal aid for Housing Court?

In 2013, more than 28,000 families were evicted from their homes in New York City. Because the Constitution does not provide a right to counsel in civil cases, many tenants navigate housing court without the assistance of counsel. In 2014, only 10% of tenants facing eviction had legal representation in housing court.  As a result, … Read moreMore legal aid for Housing Court?

CourtHelp Redesigned To Better Help Unrepresented Litigants

CourtHelp, the New York Court System’s website for people appearing in civil court without a lawyer, recently underwent a major redesign to help demystify court processes and procedures, and provide easy to understand explanations of the law and legal rights .    Some features to note include: -Information on court case basics and many new … Read moreCourtHelp Redesigned To Better Help Unrepresented Litigants

New Rules Take Aim At Deceptive Debt Collection

New court rules and new state regulations have been adopted to protect consumers and ensure a fair legal process. Over 100,000 credit card debt collection cases are brought every year against ordinary consumers in New York State, many of whom are elderly or disadvantaged. Often these cases get to court through deceptive debt collection practices. … Read moreNew Rules Take Aim At Deceptive Debt Collection

Collateral Consequences Resource Center Launches

In 2013, there were over half a million adult arrests made in New York State. A portion of those arrests are for minor crimes and have ended without a conviction. [source] The impact of an arrest on a person’s life is not often measured, seen, or heard by others. But, unfortunately an arrest can impact … Read moreCollateral Consequences Resource Center Launches

Appeals Court decision protects tenants!

Rent-stabilized tenants are now protected from homelessness when facing bankruptcy. Have you been considering filing for bankruptcy but afraid to do so out of fear of losing your home? This fear was especially well-founded for rent stabilized tenants in NYC when they lived in neighborhoods that were gentrifying.   A new court decision, described below, … Read moreAppeals Court decision protects tenants!