Thank you very much for your interest in the COVID-19 pro bono network coordinated by the New York State Bar Association in partnership with the New York State Court System. New York State needs the help of attorneys to handle a surge in legal matters resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic fallout.
- Unemployment Insurance –This project, announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on April 11, 2020, will connect volunteer attorneys with New Yorkers who are trying to better understand the Unemployment Insurance benefits system and the application process.
- Probate / Surrogate’s Court – Announced on May 14, 2020, this initiative will connect the families of New Yorkers who passed away due to COVID-related causes with volunteer attorneys who will provide free legal representation on probate and estate proceedings in New York’s Surrogate’s Courts for those who cannot afford a lawyer in these cases.
Are You an Attorney Interested in Being a Volunteer?
If you are an attorney interested in volunteering for either the Unemployment Insurance or Surrogate’s Court programs, please click on the link below and view the various pro bono opportunities we currently have available. Feel free to click on each opportunity to view more details and then “express your interest” if it’s an area you would like to offer assistance with.
Are You Seeking Assistance with your Unemployment Insurance Claim?
If you have filed for unemployment benefits and your claim has been denied, please visit the following site and we can start working to match you with a volunteer lawyer to assist you.
Are You Seeking Assistance with Filing a Small Estate?
If you have suffered a death due to COVID-19, and require immediate assistance with filing for a Small Estate, please visit the following site and we can start working to match you with a volunteer lawyer to assist you.
Additional Ways to Volunteer for Attorneys
Free Legal Answers is a Virtual Legal Advice Clinic where attorneys can answer questions from the public on civil legal issues on a limited scope basis. NYSBA is the New York State administrator for this program on behalf of the ABA. For more information, or to register as an attorney volunteer, click on the link below:
COVID-19 Information Center
The New York State Bar Association has transformed the homepage of our website and social medial accounts into legal COVID-19 information centers. Be sure to visit the site daily for the latest news and information.
LawHelpNY.org is New York’s free legal information website. Here, you can access free information about a variety of legal issues. Under “Find a Lawyer,” you can enter your county and the type of legal issue you have to access a directory of free legal service providers who may be able to assist you.
Go to NY.FreeLegalAnswers.org and ask a volunteer attorney a specific question about your civil legal issue. Once the attorney reviews your question, you will receive a response. After you receive a response, you can sign back in to the website to ask follow up questions.
The CourtHelp website is run by the New York State Unified Court System and provides information that can help you when you don’t have a lawyer.