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 representation in the following areas:
CANCER HEALTH ADVOCACY: legal assistance to eligible clients affected by a diagnosis of cancer in areas including Medicaid, disability, and other general legal matters.
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 our Children's Advocacy brochure here.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES: We assist adults in Westchester County who suffer from mental illness with a broad array of legal services in areas such as housing, disability, and other general legal matters.
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. 100% of any award goes to the client. Learn more about how we fight for the disabled. View our Disability Advocacy brochure here.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: advocacy and representation for survivors including orders of protection, child/spousal support, child custody and visitation, immigration remedies, and referrals for other issues related to safety and support. We can also assist in uncontested divorces and in locating pro bono attorneys to represent survivors of domestic violence in obtaining divorces. 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, Medicaid, permanency planning, and home care. Learn more about our work for seniors here.
HIV/AIDS: assistance for individuals and families infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS with legal issues including disability, Medicaid/insurance, permanency planning and eviction. View our HIV/AIDS Advocacy brochure here.
HOUSING: legal representation and advice to residents in eviction and foreclosure proceedings. Learn more about our housing work here.
INDEPENDENT CONSUMER ADVOCACY NETWORK (ICAN): ICAN is the New York State Ombudsman Program for people with Medicaid who need long-term services - e.g., home attendant, adult day care or nursing home accommodations. This program can help people who are applying for Medicaid and need help applying for a Managed Long-Term Care, Medicaid Managed Care or Fully Integrated Duals Advantage plan. It can also provide information and advice to friends, family members, or anyone else who is helping a person with his or her medical decisions.
LGBTQ LEGAL PROJECT: This Westchester County program is dedicated to representing the LGBTQ community and ensuring that its basic necessities of life are being met, and to advocating for clients who have been discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
PRO BONO UNIT: We recruit and train volunteer attorneys to represent our clients in matters involving family law, consumer debt, housing, wills, bankruptcy, elder law and unemployment, among others. In addition, we present clinics that train our clients to proceed pro se (without an attorney) in cases such as bankruptcy and uncontested divorce.
PUBLIC BENEFITS: legal assistance to individuals who have been incorrectly denied or terminated from subsistence benefit programs, including Food Stamps, unemployment insurance, Medicaid, and cash assistance, among others. Read more about our work to secure minimal income.
VETERANS & MILITARY FAMILIES: advocacy for those who have served on a wide range of issues, including veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and/or facing denial of benefits, foreclosure, eviction, or consumer fraud. Veterans Benefits Counseling is provided at no cost by the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs. Learn more about our work with veterans here.
- Technical assistance to lawyers to make them more effective in representing their special needs clients;
- Education and outreach to the community / other agencies pertaining to protecting legal rights;
- 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 found here.
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