About the MedLaw Partnership

The MedLaw Partnership of WNY is a collaboration that addresses health-harming civil legal issues facing patients, such as unlawful evictions, unsafe living conditions, lack of income or insurance based on improper denial of benefits, and lack of advance directives, among many others.

Our partners are Erie County Medical Center, Kaleida Health, and Western New York Breast Health. Please contact Helen Ferraro-Zaffram, Esq. at hzaffram@elderjusticeny.org if you would like to discuss a potential partnership with your health organization. To get involved as a volunteer attorney or law student, visit our volunteer page.

Referrals to the MedLaw Partnership are made directly by healthcare professionals who are trained to identify risk factors and common legal issues that impact their patients, such as:

  • Public Benefits/Income
  • Health insurance coverage & denials
  • Housing and utilities
  • Income maintenance
  • Employment rights
  • Immigration status
  • Elder financial and physical abuse
  • Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney
  • Simple Wills
  • Mortgage foreclosure

Our partnership has a focus on providing services to individuals with a history of breast cancer. If you are a breast cancer patient or survivor, you are eligible for free legal help, regardless of where you receive your health care.

In addition to providing individual client representation, the MedLaw Partnership offers free educational programs to the public on important legal topics that may contribute to health disparities in the community. Past presentations include information on MLTC plans, supplemental needs pooled trusts, and recognizing and addressing elder abuse.

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Contact Information

For more information or to see if you qualify for services, call 716-853-3087 x 250 or toll free at 1-844-700-1872.

Current satellite locations:

Buffalo General Medical Center and the Gates Vascular Institute

100 High Street Rm. 1109, Buffalo, NY

Erie County Medical Center

Snyder Building, 462 Grider St.  Rm. 3067, Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo's Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic 

461 William St., Buffalo, NY

The MedLaw Partnership of WNY Attorneys:

Rachel Baldassaro, Esq., Supervising Attorney

Elizabeth Dolata, Esq., Staff Attorney

The MedLaw Partnership of WNY is made possible by the Judges & Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA) and the Kaleida Health Foundation. 






Legal issues involving housing security, health insurance, employment rights, access to benefits, estate planning, immigration, and consumer debt, among others, become sources of stress for patients and can even be a barrier to receiving medical treatment. The MedLaw Partnership seeks to enhance the lives and health outcomes of individuals by addressing these needs. Our services include full representation, brief advice and counsel, and community education.

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