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Do you have a Legal Problem?
... but can't afford a lawyer?
... We can help!

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York provides free legal services to low-income upstate New Yorkers. We have 76 staff in five offices in the region, serving 16 counties and the St. Regis Indian Reservation.

Everything you say at Legal Aid is confidential. If you are eligible for our help you will be called back by an attorney or a paralegal who will learn the facts of your case and discuss ways in which we may be able to help you.

We may give you legal advice, information, or a referral to another agency or program. We may provide brief service, such as making some telephone calls or writing letters on your behalf. We may represent you at a hearing or in court. How we handle your case depends on what it is you want, what it takes to solve your problem, and the availability of Legal Aid staff.

On these pages, we post information that we hope is useful to our clients, our staff, legal professionals and the greater community.

If you need help, please contact us by phone, or come into one of our neighborhood offices.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

If you  are a resident of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia  and Greene Counties and  have questions regarding unemployment insurance benefits and would like to see if we can help, please call (518) 462-6765 to apply for services.

The Legal Aid Society does not discriminate against applicants for services based on race, color, creed, marital status, national original, religion, sex, sexual orientation or sexual identity, or disability. If you believe you have been wrongfully denied services, you may file a grievance. Any legal aid staff member can provide you with a copy of the complaint form. It is also posted on the website

News and Notes

Attendees at the 2016 Justice for All Kickoff on Sept. 29, 2016Thanks to all who joined us on Sept. 29, 2016
for the

Justice for All Campaign 2016 Kickoff

Were you there? Click here to see a slideshow of the event.

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Senior Citizen's Law Day: Sat. Oct. 15, Albany Law School

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You Earned It!

Click here to find information on the Earned Income Tax Credit

New Pro Bono CLE Rules!

Your taxes filed for FREE.

Families and people with an annual income below $52,000: state and federal taxes can be filed for free, by a VITA IRS-certified volunteer. Get your full refund in as little as 10 days--click here for details

Success stories:

Good news is always welcome. Click here to read about a mother helped in domestic violence case, an active duty military gaining naturalized citizenship, and a veteran winning the fight to gain custody of his son.

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