"Thank you for helping me. I have a nice apartment; without your help this would not have been possible."
CASES WE HANDLE
At Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, we help low income individuals and families with free civil (non-criminal) legal counsel to protect their basic necessities of life, including shelter, freedom from physical abuse, medical care and access to legal protections and supports that are guaranteed by law, but not always provided.
We provide free legal representation in the following areas:
CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY: advocacy and legal representation to children in areas including: education and special education law, disabilities advocacy, permanency planning, benefits, guardianship and housing. Find out more about how we help children here. View our Children's Advocacy brochure here.
DISABILITY ADVOCACY/DISABILITY BENEFITS: legal assistance to individuals with disabilities on issues such as discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Learn more about how we fight for the disabled. View our Disability Advocacy brochure here.
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY ADVOCACY: information, referrals and legal representation to children and adults with developmental disabilities, in areas such as Social Security/SSI, housing, rehabilitation, transportation and employment. View our Disability Advocacy brochure here.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: representation for victims including orders of protection and related issues such as child custody and visitation. Learn more about our work for victims of domestic abuse here.
ELDER LAW: advocacy and representation to seniors in practice areas including housing, Social Security and Medicare benefits, permanency planning and home care. Learn more about our work for seniors here.
VETERANS & MILITARY FAMILIES: advocacy for those who have served, including those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and those denied benefits, facing foreclosure or victims of consumer fraud. Learn more about our work with veterans here.
HOUSING: legal representation and advice to residents in eviction and foreclosure proceedings. Learn more about our housing work here.
BENEFITS: legal assistance to individuals who have been incorrectly denied or terminated from benefit programs. Read more about our work to secure minimal income.
HIV/AIDS: assistance for individuals infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS with legal issues including disability, Medicaid/insurance, permanency planning and eviction. View our HIV/AIDS Advocacy brochure here.
WE ALSO PROVIDE: technical assistance to lawyers not affiliated with our organization to help make them more effective in representing their special needs clients; education and outreach to the community and to other agencies about legal rights and how to protect them; referrals for individuals who are not eligible for our services.
WHERE WE WORK: We serve low-income and newly unemployed residents of: Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Orange and Rockland Counties. A complete list of our office locations can be found here.