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Legal Services

Programs providing legal assistance to immigrants and refugees.

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Civil Legal Advice and Resource Center (CLARO)

Western New York Law Center

Provides free legal advice & help regarding consumer finacial matters.

Address

Tuesday: 2495 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214

Friday: Buffalo City Court 7th Floor

1st and 3rd Wednesday: 609 Ridge Rd., Buffalo, NY 14218

Contact

Language Services Available

Eligibility

Open to all

Cost

Free

Hours

Tuesday: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

By appointment only

The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo

The CRLS Project aims to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate civil legal services to clientele who currently or formerly had humanitarian immigrant status. The project also seeks to empower immigrant communities through community lawyering.

Address

290 Main St., Suite 400
Buffalo, NY 14202

Contact

Ye Myo Aung
(716) 853-9555 x665

Burmese, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

Low-income with humanitarian immigration status.

Cost

Free or low-cost

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
By appointment or walk-in

Coordinated Refugee/Asylee Legal Services Project (CRLS-VLP)

Volunteer Lawyers Project

Provides free legal services on the following issues: divorce, custody, property, income tax, wills, bankruptcy, small estate, immigration, adoption, Unemployment Insurance Benefits, evictions, and name change.

Address

237 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14203

Contact

Jerry Owassi, Outreach Paralegal
(716) 847-0662 x306

French, Portuguese, and Spanish Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

Coordinated Refugee Legal Services Project (CRLS-LSED)

Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of WNY

Provide free services to refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers regardless of individual circumstances of resettlement.

Address

438 Main St.
Buffalo, NY14202

Contact

Fidèle Menavanza, Paralegal
(716) 853-3087 x233

French and Spanish Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

No age limit for Refugees, 55 years or older for others

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
By appointment or walk-in 

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., provides free civil legal services including, housing, emergency assistance, SNAP, public assistance eligibility, domestic violence, and family law.

Address

237 Main St., Suite 400
Buffalo, NY 14203

Contact

Karen Welch, Esq.
(716) 332-4174

French, Hindi and Spanish Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

Low-income in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming Counties are eligible. Certain immigrations statuses may preclude services.

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By appointment or walk-in

Journey's End Refugee Services

Journey’s End's Immigration Legal Services Program offers legal services to refugees and low-income immigrants, including but not limited to adjustment of status, naturalization, and employment authorization.

Address

2495 Main St., Suite 317
Buffalo, NY 14214

Contact

Sarah A. Bertozzi
(716) 882-4963 x203

Amharic, Arabic, Bemba, Burmese, Chin, Dinka, Farsi, French, Georgian, German, Hindi, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kpelleh, Kurdish, Lingala, Lorma, Mai Mai, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya and Turkish Bilingual Staff

Language Services Available For Other Languages

Eligibility

Low-income refugees, asylees, and other immigrant populations.

Cost

Free for most services, but a few have low-cost rates.

Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By appointment or walk-in

Western New York Law Center

Provides assistance to people who are going through foreclosure and/or bankruptcy processes.

Address

237 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14203

Contact

Language Services Available

Eligibility

Open to all 

Cost

Free

Hours

Monday - Friday 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By appointment only