Last updated: October 29, 2013
Lawyers are expensive, but representing yourself against Mr. Corporate Lawyer with the shiny watch and Italian suit may be a tough alternative. You may be able to even the odds by enlisting the help of a Newburgh Legal Aid group today. Legal aid societies specialize in representing poor or vulnerable individuals for free. You should start with an initial consultation to see whether you meet their income guidelines, and then select a lawyer who specializes in your particular legal matter. To make your search easier, we have compiled a list of reliable legal aid groups in and around Newburgh.
The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is a loose association of pro bono attorneys organized by the Orange County Bar Association. They can provide legal services for individuals facing criminal charges and for financially eligible adults in family court matters.
Legal Service of the Hudson Valley represents the underprivileged in southeast New York. They have eight locations, including a branch in Newburgh. They will provide free legal representation for a wide variety of legal matters, including advocacy for children, the disabled, victims of domestic violence, senior citizens, military veterans, the homeless and individuals facing housing foreclosure or eviction.
While it isn’t a legal aid group per se, the Self-Help Center can provide you with valuable insight into court procedures, legal precedent, how to initiate a lawsuit and which forms are correct. However, please note that the workers are not lawyers and will not able to provide any recommendations or predictions for your specific case. With that grain of salt, the Self-Help Center is a wonderful, free resource available to everyone regardless of their income level.
The New York State Legal Aid Society is literally the largest legal aid group in the country. They break their practice into three major areas: civil, which handles housing, benefits, disability, domestic violence, family issues, health, employment, immigration, HIV/AIDS, prisoners' rights and elder law matters, criminal and juvenile rights, which represents individuals involved in child protective proceedings or juvenile delinquency cases. Unfortunately for Newburgh residents, all their branches are located in New York City.
The New York Legal Assistance Group provides general civil legal services to low-income or otherwise vulnerable individuals. They can help you in the fields of anti-discrimination, consumer protection, elder law, employment law, food stamps, foreclosure, housing, Medicaid and Medicare and social security disability. Be sure to call early, as their hotlines close at 3:00 p.m. Like the Legal Aid Society, the major downside for Newburgh residents’ use of this group is that all their locations are in New York City.
Safe Homes provide comprehensive support for victims of domestic abuse. They operate a 24-hour hotline, a shelter facility to give you a place to sleep, weekly support groups and legal services through their Orange County Family Justice Center. The Family Justice Center takes a victim-centric approach, and can advocate for you or your children, offer counseling, or just accompany you to your court appearance.
Amongst other things, Catholic Charities offers free legal representation for those seeking to improve their immigration status in the United States. Call their immigration hotline at 1-800-566-7636 for immediate assistance. Despite their name, Catholic Charities offers these services for individuals of any religious denomination.
LawHelpNY is a free website operated by the New York State Bar Association. It is free to everyone regardless of income level. Articles are organized into different fields of law, such as family law or consumer protection, so finding help with your exact issue is quick and intuitive.