Legal Hotline

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

About the Legal Hotline

The Legal Hotline is staffed by attorneys who assist low-income callers 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.

Legal Hotline: 212.626.7383

Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

It only takes 10 minutes to make a difference for your and your community’s future for the next 10 years.

If you haven’t completed the census yet, don’t worry – this year it is easy! You can fill out the brief form online at or call 1-844-330-2020. The census determines billions of dollars in funding for our schools, health care, housing, transportation, and other essential services. Please remember that the census is for everyone living in the U.S., it does NOT ask any questions about immigration or citizenship status.

Solo toma 10 minutos para marcar una diferencia para el futuro de usted y de su comunidad durante los próximos 10 años.

Si aún no ha completado el censo, no se preocupe, ¡este año es fácil! Puede completar el breve formulario en línea en o llamando al 1-844-468-2020. El censo determina miles de millones de dólares en fondos para nuestras escuelas, atención médica, vivienda, transporte y otros servicios esenciales. Recuerde que el censo es para todos los que viven en los Estados Unidos, NO hace preguntas sobre su estatus de inmigración o ciudadanía.

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.