Planning and Estates Law Project

Planning and Estates Law Project

To get help, 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.

Contact us at 212-382-6756 to see how PELP can help you or to inquire about volunteer opportunities. Or, apply for assistance online below. Interpreting services are available.

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.

 

Apply Online

You can apply online for assistance from the Planning and Estates Law Project. Click the link below and complete the application, and we will contact you within two business days.

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  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in the Pace University Small Business Development Center, located at One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038. By subway this location is accessible via the A/C to Fulton St; 2/3 to Fulton St; or 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall. To register for an appointment, please call NELP at 212-382-6633.

  • NELP – Legal Clinic

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM): A small business legal clinic will be held in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Library, located at 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. By subway, this location is accessible via the 2 or 3 to the Grand Army Plaza station. To register for an appointment, please call NELP at 212-382-6633.