Working with an Interpreter in a Legal Setting

  Frequently Asked Questions What 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, … Read moreWorking with an Interpreter in a Legal Setting

Differences between Federal, State, & Local Laws

  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 … Read moreDifferences between Federal, State, & Local Laws

Your Right to Assistance in Your Language

Your Right to Assistance in Your Language:  Basic Information about Federal Language Access Rights Under U.S. law, if you are seeking services from a government agency or an organization funded by the U.S. government, you must be provided with assistance in your language. What are language access services? Language access services include a free interpreter … Read moreYour Right to Assistance in Your Language

Need Help with an Uncontested Divorce?

Legal Clinics Are Available to Help Low-Income New Yorkers with Uncontested Divorce Program Photo Credit: findingthenow via Compfight cc   The Uncontested Divorce Program New Yorkers who are getting a divorce may consider using the New York State Court’s uncontested divorce program. The program allows individuals to fill out Do-It-Yourself (“DIY”) forms to get a divorce … Read moreNeed Help with an Uncontested Divorce?

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

Boro Park Jewish Community Council is offering legal aid

The Boro Park Jewish Community Council (BPJCC) is partnering with the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) to provide free legal services for the community.  “The mission of the Boro Park JCC is to be there to assist members of our community,” said Isaac Stern BPJCC President. “In many instances community members need the service … Read moreBoro Park Jewish Community Council is offering legal aid

Live in Buffalo and are dealing with consumer issues? Western New York Law Center can help

The Western New York Law Center has a program to provide legal help with consumer debt, offering consumers assistance with garnishments, credit default judgments and other issues. The Law Center is offering this program because of what they call a  “troubling trend” in consumer debt cases in court. In 2013, for instance, 15,201, or 90 … Read moreLive in Buffalo and are dealing with consumer issues? Western New York Law Center can help

New online foreclosure guide helps families with no legal aid

In August, Bank of America agreed to a record-setting $16.65 billion settlement with the Department of Justice for selling toxic mortgage securities during the housing boom. The agreement includes $30 million for states to distribute to their legal aid programs. Legal aid attorneys play a key role in preventing unnecessary foreclosures. They help homeowners navigate … Read moreNew online foreclosure guide helps families with no legal aid