Our Comprehensive COVID-19 Legal Response

Legal advocacy is essential.

Our licensed attorneys and paralegals use the justice system to help our clients obtain vital resources, such as health care, safe housing, stable income, and freedom from abuse. Civil legal services lawyers are an important part of the human services community and, unlike criminal matters, there is no civil right to counsel in our constitution.  Civil legal services are often the only lifeline available to low-income persons facing life altering consequences such as becoming homeless, or losing custody of their children or grandchildren.

The communities we serve will be hardest hit by this pandemic – those with disabilities, low-income families, and older adults already struggling with isolation, neglect, and abuse. To meet this challenge, the Center for Elder Law & Justice has created a Comprehensive COVID-19 Legal Response:

  • Our Legal Helpline (1-844-481-0973/helpline@elderjusticeny.org. Our lines are open for people of ANY age or income level to call with legal questions. An attorney will offer legal information, advice, referrals, brief service and representation. Call to reach someone live from 9-11am, or leave your contact information in a voicemail or email and return a call back within 1 business day.
  • Our resource page, “COVID-19: What New Yorkers Need to Know.” Our staff continues to develop and updated legal content for all New Yorkers during this time.
  • Work with Pro Bono Attorneys. We are continuing to provide referrals to pro bono attorneys for both full and limited scope representation for clients whose needs go beyond what we are able to attend to in-house, including Surrogate’s Court matters, and end of life planning and advanced directives.
  • Client and Community Resources. In addition to the regularly updated blog, we continue to update our website and social media pages with helpful analysis of the common issues facing older adults, including topics on Medicare, Telemedicine, End of Life Planning, and more.
  • Expert Analysis for press and community agencies. Due to COVID-19, federal and state laws and regulations are changing rapidly. In addition, there are heightened concerns regarding the welfare of vulnerable populations, including the elderly and those in nursing homes and adult care facilities. Our team of experts can address questions from community partners, legislators, and the media.

For more information and press inquiries contact:

Shana DiCamillo, Director of Development & External Relations. (716) 853-3087 x 277


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