Planning and Estates Law Project

Planning and Estates Law Project

To get help from the Planning and Estates Law Project, call 212-382-6756.

The Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP) of the City Bar Justice Center offers free legal assistance  with end-of-life planning, probate, and estates matters to New York City residents with limited resources.

PELP aims to combat poverty by helping clients who cannot afford to hire a private attorney claim the inheritances to which they are entitled and protect the assets that they have worked hard to accumulate. Our goal is to empower clients to claim and maintain these assets so that wealth, rather than poverty, is inherited between generations.

PELP’s attorney panel is led by Chair Pamela Ehrenkranz (Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz) and Vice Chair Glenn Opell (Schram Graber & Opell P.C.). Libby Vazquez of the City Bar Justice Center oversees PELP. Lynn Chen is the staff attorney and Nancy Larcher is the senior project coordinator.

Please note that PELP cannot provide representation in court or assist with contested matters.

Not sure if this is the right project? Contact our free Legal Hotline at 212-626-7383.

Apply Online

You can apply online for assistance from the Planning and Estates Law Project.


With the pandemic continuing to impede our ability to conduct face-to-face meetings, some New Yorkers are now executing their Last Will and Testament remotely. The Trusts, Estates & Surrogate’s Court Committee has drafted a model attestation clause for use by those who bear witness to wills by live video conference.
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