CASES WE HANDLE
At Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, we help low income individuals and families with free civil (non-criminal) legal counsel to protect their basic necessities of life, including shelter, freedom from physical abuse, medical care and access to legal protections and supports that are guaranteed by law, but not always provided.
We provide FREE legal representationin the following areas:
children's ADVOCACY: representation for children including: special education law, disabilities advocacy, advocacy for children in foster care and homeless children, guardianship, custody and housing.Find out more about how we help children here. View ourChildren's Advocacy brochurehere.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: advocacy andrepresentation for survivors including orders of protection, child/spousal support, child custody and visitation, and referrals for other issues related to safety and support.Learn more about our work for survivors of domestic abuse here. Read a case story. Read about our work with Safe Homes of Orange County.
ELDER LAW: advocacy and representation to seniors in areas including housing, Social Security, Medicare, permanency planning and home care.Learn more about our work for seniorshere.
VETERANS & MILITARY FAMILIES: advocacy for those who have served, including those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and/or facing denial of benefits, foreclosure or consumer fraud.Learn more about our work with veterans here.
DISABILITY ADVOCACY: legal assistance to individuals with disabilities including discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act; representation to children and adults with developmental disabilities in areas such as Social Security/SSI, housing, rehabilitation, transportation and employment.Learn more about how wefight for the disabled.View ourDisability Advocacy brochure here.
CANCER HEALTH ADVOCACY:legal assistance to eligible clients affected by a diagnosis of cancer.
HOUSING: legal representation and advice to residents in eviction and foreclosure proceedings.Learn more about our housing work here.
BENEFITS:legal assistance to individuals who have been incorrectly denied or terminated from subsistence benefit programs. Read more about our work to secure minimal income.
HIV/AIDS: assistance for individuals infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS with legal issues including disability, Medicaid/insurance, permanency planning and eviction.View ourHIV/AIDSAdvocacy brochurehere.
WE ALSO PROVIDE:
- Technical assistance to lawyers outside our organization to make them more effective in representing their special needs clients;
- Education and outreach to the community / other agencies about legal rights and how to protect them;
- Referrals for individuals who are not eligible for our services.
WHERE WE WORK: We serve low-income and newly unemployed residents of: Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Orange and Rockland Counties. A complete list of our office locations can be foundhere.