Pro Bono – Free Legal Services

"Samaritan" (ID# 1178513) by stock.xchng user "Andy Reis," 26 April 2009, used pursuant to limited license available at you just need a helping hand… and so we do our best to have ours outstretched. We firmly believe that everyone should have equal access to justice, regardless of financial circumstance. No one should have to forfeit valuable rights because they don’t have the money to prosecute a claim, nor find themselves incarcerated or indebted to another simply because they couldn’t afford counsel for defense. All members of the New York State Bar are encouraged to perform twenty or more hours each year of pro bono legal services for the indigent. This is an obligation we take seriously.

Whatever the nature of your problem, there are numerous organizations dedicated to helping low-income and indigent clients. Perhaps the largest and best-known is Legal Services. Their organization connects trained, experienced attorneys with individuals needing assistance in areas such as Bankruptcy, Domestic Violence, Collections Defense, Wills and countless others. Volunteers of Legal Services is another great option. They offer aid within several specialized projects (e.g. Unemployment Advocacy, Incarcerated Mothers) and for specific populations (e.g. the elderly, those with HIV/AIDS, or low-income microentrepreneurs). Many local bar associations either coordinate pro bono services or themselves provide free legal assistance, for example: the City Bar Justice Center of the New York City Bar Association; the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyer Project of the Brooklyn Bar Association; and the Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Queens County Bar Association. There are also organizations wholly dedicated to particular areas of law – Eviction Intervention Services; Advocates for Children of New York (education);  – and certain groups – inMotion, Inc. (women); Lawyer Alliance for New York (nonprofits); Lawyers for Children, Inc.; and The Door Community Center (adolescents).

And of course, there’s the Law Office of Thomas V. Purpi, P.C. We consider pro bono requests in any of our practice areas. You must have a genuine financial need – the way we understand it, making less than your reasonable monthly expenses and without any significant assets. We also provide advice and services to charitable not-for-profit organizations. All intake on pro bono matters is done by way of our contact form – please do not call our office. Though we try to respond to requests one way or the other in a timely fashion, do not rely on our office if your matter is imminent and time-sensitive (e.g. evictions, foreclosures, deportations). Likewise, if by chance you do not hear back from us within a day’s time, please reach out to one of the organizations mentioned above or another provider of pro bono services.

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Law Office of Thomas V. Purpi, P.C.
99 Madison Avenue, Fifth Floor
New York, New York 10016
(646) 770-3646