Justice Center News

The Justice Center News blog features our advocacy on issues affecting low-income New Yorkers today and the latest CBJC happenings.  For press releases, click here. For publications, click here.


New York City Council’s Committee on Veterans Hearing

by Cheryl LopezJanuary 29, 2020

The Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) recently testified before New York City Council’s Committee on Veterans on behalf of the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC). On January 21, 2020, VAP’s Program Director, Kent Eiler, participated in a public hearing aimed at exploring the future of the city’s Department of Veteran’s Service (DVS).

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NYC Small Claims Court Raises Monetary Cap

by Christin DamianoJanuary 23, 2020

There is good news for pro se litigants in New York City Small Claims Court. As of December 16, 2019, the cap for recovery in that court is raised to $10,000. Previously, Small Claims Court had a maximum limit of $5,000. Small claims court is a less formal venue where litigants typically represent themselves.

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Sterling National Bank Supports the City Bar Justice Center in Advancing Veteran Rights

by Cheryl LopezJanuary 10, 2020

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) would like to thank Sterling National Bank for their generous contribution in support of financial literacy for veterans served by the City Bar Justice Center and our Veterans Assistance Project (VAP).

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Phone Scams

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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