Free Legal Aid in Albany
Last updated: November 14, 2013
Do you have a legal issue, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are many free or low-cost legal service options for residents in New York’s Capital District. The main ways are through legal assistance programs such as the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York a nonprofit organization providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors, or through law school clinics. There may be income limits that apply for you to qualify for free/low-cost help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you in Albany County.
American Civil Liberties Union of New York StateCapital Region Chapter
90 State Street, Suite 518
Albany, NY 12207
Tel: (518) 436-8594
Areas of Law: Discrimination, Election and Voting, Freedom Speech, Freedom of Religion, Immigration Rights, LGBT Rights, Privacy, Police Practices, Jail and Prison Conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.
Good to Know: The ACLU does not usually assist in the following types of cases: criminal defense or post-conviction appeals, divorce or child custody disputes, property disputes, tax problems, workers compensation issues, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges.
Empire Justice Center119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Tel: (518) 462-6831
Areas of Law: Civil
Good to Know: This organization provides free legal services to those who qualify. They do not handle criminal law cases.
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New YorkAlbany Office
55 Colvin Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Tel: (800) 462-2922
Areas of Law: Civil, Children, Disability, Domestic Violence, Elder Law, Family, Foreclosure Prevention, HIV/AIDS, Immigration, Health Care, Tax, and Senior Issues.
Good to Know: This office offers services for residents of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties. They offer free advice/legal counsel, brief services, self-help clinics, community legal education, and referrals, as well as full representation in administrative hearings and county, state, and federal courts. They do not assist with any criminal cases. Call for details.
Pro Bono Appeals Programc/o Rural Law Center of New York
90 State Street, Suite 700
Albany, NY 12207
Tel: (518) 463-3200
Areas of Law: Education, Family, Health, Housing, Personal Safety, and Public Benefits.
Good to Know: The New York State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Appeals Program provides free representation to litigants of modest means in selected appeals to the Appellate Division, Third and Fourth Judicial Departments.
The Center for Law and Justice153 South Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12202
Tel: (518) 427-8361
Areas of Law: Criminal, Prisoners
Good to Know: This group provides legal rights and criminal justice information and will assist with limited legal and criminal justice complaints. They do not provide direct representation. They run a reentry program for those returning to the community, but they do not have housing.
Disability Advocates6 Clinton Square
Albany, NY 12207
Tel: (518) 432-7861
Areas of Law: Disability Rights, Abuse, Neglect, Public Benefits, Discrimination
Good to Know: This agency provides legal protection and advocacy to people with disabilities including legal advice and direct representation.
Capital District Women's Bar Association Legal Project
Tel: (518) 435-1770
Areas of Law: Bankruptcy, Domestic Violence, Family law, Housing, Sexual Assault, Wills
Good to Know: This is a private, not-for-profit agency that provides a variety of free legal services to the working poor, victims of domestic violence and other people who need legal help. The clinic operates at various locations. Call to learn more.
Catholic Charities of Albany-Immigration Assistance40 North Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Tel: (518) 453-6650
Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Immigration, Naturalization
Good to Know: Catholic Charities of Albany provides a wide range of immigration-related legal services.
Senior Services of Albany25 Delaware Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Tel: (518) 465-3322
Areas of Law: Guardianship, Probate, Money Management, Neglect/Abuse, and Medicaid Financial Planning
Good to Know: This organization provides information and referrals, tax and legal advice, adult day program, home-delivered meals, and senior commuter service to area residents 60 years of age and older.
Law School Clinics
Albany Law School Clinics80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Tel: (518) 445-2328
Areas of Law: Civil Rights, Disability, Domestic Violence Prosecution, Family Law, Health, Tax
Good to Know: The Law School offers direct representation in a limited number of cases. Click here for detailed directions. Appointments must be scheduled by telephone. They do not assist walk-in clients.
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