Planning and Estates Law Project

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Planning and Estates Law Project

To get help from the Planning and Estates Law Project, call 212.382.6756.
Overview

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 low-income individuals in New York City.

PELP consists of a panel of experienced Trust and Estates attorneys who provide advice and assistance to clients at frequent legal clinics held at the City Bar Justice Center. At clinics, attorney and law student volunteers meet with clients to assist with the clients’ estate matters and document preparation, which often involve probating a will or administering the estate of a deceased family member. PELP also offers services writing Wills and end-of-life health and financial planning documents for clients.

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. Marisa Guerrero and Kate McGuire are PELP’s project coordinators.

To learn more about our work, visit our blog.

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. Once you complete the application, we will contact you within two business days.

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Upcoming events
  • NELP – Legal Presentation

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM): A volunteer attorney will give a presentation on the topic of Commercial Lease at the Brooklyn Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. By subway, this location is accessible via the 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza. Registration is required as seating is limited. To RSVP, please call the Brooklyn Small Business Development Center at (718) 797-0187.

  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Wednesday, December 12 , 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn NYC Business Solutions Center, located at 9 Bond Street, 5th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201. By subway, this location is accessible via the B/Q/R to DeKalb Av; 2/3 to Hoyt St; A/C/G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts; or the 2/3/4/5 to Nevins St. To register for an appointment, please call NELP at 212-382-6633.