Legal Hotline

The City Bar Justice Center’s free Legal Hotline offers legal information, advice, referrals, and in some instances, brief services, to New Yorkers of limited income.

About the Legal Hotline

The Legal Hotline is staffed by attorneys who assist callers of limited income on a range of civil legal issues, including matrimonial and family law, housing law, domestic violence, bankruptcy, and debt collection and benefits. Our staff includes bilingual attorneys who speak English and Spanish, and we can accept calls in any language through interpreting services.


Phone Number: 212.626.7383


Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Closed 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily

Online Hotline

You can also apply online for assistance from the Legal Hotline. Click the link below and complete the application, and we will contact you within two business days.

Civil Court Project

City Bar Justice Center’s Civil Court Project, in collaboration with the NYS Court’s Office for Justice Initiatives’ Access to Justice Program, offers free online and phone consultations to pro se litigants (individuals or parties representing themselves in court without the assistance of lawyer) in New York City Civil Court. Civil Court Project attorneys provide legal advice and guidance on issues concerning:

  • Small Claims
  • Name Change
  • Security Deposit Issues
  • Warranty of Habitability
  • Consumer Debt
  • Judgment Collection/Payment
  • Service of Papers

Please complete the following intake form to start the process:

NYC Consumer Help Finder

In addition, if you need assistance with a consumer issue, such as debt collection, frozen bank accounts, applying for bankruptcy, or other consumer-related issues, you can submit an online application to the NYC Consumer Help Finder, a service of five NYC legal services providers, including the City Bar Justice Center. Your information will be routed to one of the five legal services providers which will get back to you, saving you the time of calling multiple providers.