Chafee Funds Program of NYS: COVID-19 Cash Assistance for Foster Youth

submitted by Kiana Stamps, intern The Chafee Program offers assistance to help current and former foster care youth achieve self-sufficiency. Additional Chafee Cash Assistance funds will be distributed on a one-time, first-come, first served basis in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ELIGIBILITY: Chafee cash assistance is available until September 30, 2021 for: Young adults, 18…

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National Senior Fraud Awareness Day

submitted by Kristen Orr, Tech Paralegal May is Older Americans Month, and National Senior Fraud Awareness Day is May 15th. Though older adults on average lose more money to fraud than other age groups, they are still the least likely age group to report that loss. Be on the lookout for these scams affecting seniors.…

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Unlocking Financial Capability for Seniors

submitted by Kristen Orr, Tech Paralegal April is National Financial Capability Month. Being financially capable means having the knowledge and the confidence to take charge of your financial wellbeing.  You can take charge on your own, but it’s also okay to recognize that you need assistance and enlist appropriate help. Being active and engaged in…

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Debt Collection Basics and Exempt Income from Judgment

A senior gentleman stacking and counting coins

submitted by Brandy Hernandez-Hamil, Paralegal The term “judgment proof” is often used when referring to an individual who may not be subject to income garnishments or property liens from creditors for a debt.  There are many requirements to become judgment proof, however.  The information below can be helpful to determine your rights when you are…

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Online Legal Risk Assessment Tools Available

During this global pandemic more Western New Yorkers are struggling with issues related to safe and affordable housing, debt, health care and financial exploitation. The Center for Elder Law & Justice has two online screening tools available to connect older adults who may be facing these types of challenges with our office. The New York…

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State of Mortgage Foreclosures in Western New York: October 2020

submitted by F. Alex Fehrman, Esq. With COVID-19 still impacting our community, and likely to have a long-term impact on many people as we move forward, it is likely that multiple people are or will soon be facing mortgage foreclosure as a result of a newly found financial hardship. As courts continue to reopen and…

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