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 Clinic

    Wednesday, July 25 , 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.

  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in the law offices of Jefferies Group LLC, located at 520 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022. By subway, this location is accessible via the E/M to 5 Ave-53 St. To register for an appointment, please click here to fill out our Google form.