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 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. Lillian Claudio-Blum is the staff attorney and Nancy Larcher is the project coordinator.

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.

NYC Front-Line Health Care Workers

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, PELP is providing New York City front-line health care workers with free, remote legal assistance in preparing simple life-planning documents, including wills, powers of attorney, designations of standby guardians and health care proxies. Health care workers* can apply for PELP assistance online, via email, or by calling 212-382-6756. When applying online or via email, if you are a front-line health care worker at an NYC hospital interested in simple life-planning documents, please include that information in the description of your legal issue.

*Note: NYC front-line health care workers of all income levels can apply.


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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