New York City Tenants Facing Eviction Will Now Have Right to Counsel

Although this access to legal counsel does not apply to Long Island residents, tenants facing eviction proceedings in New York City Housing Court will now have free universal access to legal services. The funding would be phased in over the next five years, making New York City the biggest city in the country to offer universal access including free legal advice to all tenants in housing court and full legal representation for low-income tenants. The city estimates at least 400,000 people would be served by the program every year when it’s fully implemented.
For more information on the Right To Counsel Initiative Click Here


Every Heart Needs a Home

Housing counselors and legal services providers from all over New York State were in Albany on Monday February 13, 2017 for a lobby day and press conference to talk about the critical need to fund the Foreclosure Prevention Services Network. Because every heart needs a home. #protectnyhomes


Emergency Information in the event of Detention or Deportation:

Though NSLS does not assist in immigration issues, it is important to know your rights for yourself and family members in case of detention or deportation. Please see links below for Emergency Plans.

Emergency Plan – English

Emergency Plan – Spanish


17A Guardianship Project Now Open for Intake

In an effort to meet the demand for 17A guardianship services, the Suffolk Pro Bono Project has launched a new Self Help Initiative. This new program will help parents and other close relatives of young adults with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities prepare their Surrogate’s Court guardianship petitions. This new program is officially now open and ready to screen clients for eligibility. To be eligible, the client seeking guardianship must live in Suffolk County, and have limited total household income. The new project is limited to self help assistance, but we may be able to arrange for a full service pro bono attorney in some cases.
Be advised that Nassau County clients can apply to the Nassau VLP for 17A Guardianship pro bono services, in most cases for full representation.
Those wishing to be screened for eligibility should contact us at (631) 232-2400 and ask to speak with the Pro Bono Unit. In Nassau County please call 516 292-8299.


We Honor Our Pro Bono Attorney of the Month

The Suffolk Pro Bono Project is pleased to honor Lisa Fine as its Pro Bono Attorney of the Month.


Increased Protection for Wage Garnishment and Frozen Bank Accounts as of 2017

With the increase of the minimum wage in NYS on December 31, 2016, the protection amounts for wage garnishment and frozen bank accounts also increased.

Long Island Minimum wage increased to $10/hr (NYC and other parts of NY are different minimum wages) (https://www.labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/minwage.shtm)

Therefore, the protected amount for bank accounts (without exempt income/deposits such as SSD, child support, etc) is $2400 (240 x $10). CPLR 5222 (i).

The minimum one can earn per week without having their wages garnished is $300 (after taxes) (30 x $10). CPLR 5231.


Need some assistance with your taxes. Touro’s Free Taxpayer’s Clinic may be able to help. Click here for brochure .


Free One on One Consultations: Foreclosure and Sandy Recovery
Nassau County Bar Association
15th and West Sts Mineola
Mondays January 9, 23, February 6, 27  from 3:00 to 6:00
Call for an appointment 516 747-4070


Jane Reinhardt, Senior Staff Attorney for our Nassau office’s Senior Citizen Unit, comments on a new Nassau County elder abuse initiative in recent Newsday article


Susan Biller and Roberta Scoll of NSLS’ Volunteer Lawyers Project recently attended a luncheon at the New York Boutique Lawyers network where they described our programs, including pro bono opportunities.