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Beware of Phone Scams this Holiday Season!

by Ramona Morel, DirectorDecember 19, 2019

Thousands of people, especially seniors, have fallen victims to phone scams and have been defrauded of their money. One particular scam, the impostor scam, happens when scammers pretend to be a business, a family member or friend in need, or impersonate representatives of government agencies such as the IRS or the Social Security Administration, in order to gain financial and personal identifying information from the victim.

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Welcome Change in Small Estates Law Simplifies Process for Families

by Nancy LarcherDecember 6, 2019

Effective November 25, 2019, estates with certain assets of $50,000 or less may now take advantage of the user-friendly “small estate administration” option of administering an estate.  This option is available in connection with all proceedings commenced on or after November 25, 2019, even if the death occurred prior to that date. A small estate … Continue reading Welcome Change in Small Estates Law Simplifies Process for Families

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Looking Ahead: Financial Planning After Filing Bankruptcy

by Ramona Morel, DirectorDecember 3, 2019

Over my decade of experience as a public interest bankruptcy attorney, I have helped hundreds of debtors file for bankruptcy and obtain a new economic beginning. While I am not a financial planner, many of my clients ask what steps to take after obtaining a bankruptcy discharge. The purpose of filing bankruptcy is to provide … Continue reading Looking Ahead: Financial Planning After Filing Bankruptcy

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EAT SOCCER: Soccer Education & Inspiration for All

by Juan JimenezNovember 13, 2019

As many of NELP’s success stories come to show, the spirit of micro-entrepreneurship is largely driven by the ability to build relationships between both like-minded and diverse people. For Qiana Martin, founder and owner of EAT SOCCER, fostering a community of passionate individuals has always been the name of the game. Her soccer lifestyle company … Continue reading EAT SOCCER: Soccer Education & Inspiration for All

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Why Pro Bono Matters

by adminNovember 11, 2019

We asked each of the 2019 City Bar Justice Center Pro Bono Award winners to provide a one sentence answer to the question “Why do pro bono?” Here, they reflect on the importance of pro bono advocacy and what doing pro bono means to them.

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Funding Legal Assistance Pays off for NY’s Vets

by Logan Campbell

The City Bar Justice Center’s Veterans Assistance Project Director, Kent Eiler, recently wrote an Op-Ed in the Gotham Gazette entitled New York to DC:  Pay Your Bill for Your Veterans. In the Op-Ed, Kent argues New York and its leaders must demand that the federal government, through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provide … Continue reading Funding Legal Assistance Pays off for NY’s Vets

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