Articles by: LeahLawHelpNY

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Having problems with your Sandy-related claims?

January 9, 2014 at 6:53 am 0 comments

Reports of problems with insurance companies are surfacing. The Washington Post is reporting that insurance companies are  shortchanging victims of Hurricane Sandy and either not paying or underpaying the claims. The article states, “Many homeowners who got slammed by Hurricane Sandy one year ago are finding that their flood insuranceRead More

Brrr, It’s Getting Chilly Outside: Residents of NYC Learn the Heatings Rules for Your Apartment

December 21, 2013 at 3:57 am 0 comments

The City Housing Maintenance Code and Multiple Dwelling Law requires building owners to provide heat and hot water to all tenants.Building owners are required to provide hot water 365 days per year at a constant minimum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Between October 1st and May 31st, a period designatedRead More

Sandy Survivors—Flood Insurance Deadlines Are Approaching!

Sandy Survivors—Flood Insurance Deadlines Are Approaching!

November 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm 0 comments

If you have a flood insurance claim, you must submit a new “proof of loss”  to preserve your claim to your insurance company for what you might be still owed.  Proof of loss consists of three special forms and supporting documentation. FEMA has extended the proof of loss deadline, statingRead More

Have a legal problem and can’t afford a lawyer?  Learn about Legal Aid and Low-Cost Legal Help in New York

Have a legal problem and can’t afford a lawyer? Learn about Legal Aid and Low-Cost Legal Help in New York

September 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm 0 comments

Do you know what free legal aid or low-cost aid is?  Do you know how to even start looking for free or low-cost legal assistance in New York?  The short Q&A article below will answer some of the most common questions regarding how to find free or low-cost legal aid,Read More

Have you signed up for the NYC Build it Back Program?  If not, registration deadline is October 31

Have you signed up for the NYC Build it Back Program? If not, registration deadline is October 31

August 29, 2013 at 12:12 am 0 comments

This program assists home owners, landlords and renters whose primary homes were damaged by Sandy.  But, the current registration deadline is  October 31!  You can register online at or you can call 311. Renters —go to this link for details: Build it Back info for Renters. Renters, you mayRead More

Common insurance issues plaguing Sandy victims

March 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm 0 comments

In the last few weeks, the New York State Department of Financial Services has announced investigations and new regulations about insurance company practices following Superstorm Sandy. Three companies, Narragansett Bay, Tower and Kingstone are being investigated for 1) failure to send adjusters in a timely manner, 2) failure to processRead More

Documentation Tips for Hurricane Sandy Victims Who Have Lost Records

January 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm 0 comments

It is very important for FEMA applications, appeals from a FEMA denial, insurance reimbursement requests, SBA applications, bank loans and more to have adequate documentation and records. This, of course, is very difficult when your papers, records, filing cabinets and desks have been destroyed!  It’s a big job replacing theseRead More

National Protect Your Identity Week: Make sure to talk to common targets: seniors, children, and teens about ID Theft

October 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm 0 comments

This week is National Protect Your Identity Week (October 20-27th). Identity theft is happening all around you and it’s important to learn how to protect yourself and your family. For example, don’t carry you Social Security card in your wallet, never write down crucial PIN numbers, and shred documents thatRead More

Free legal assistance available for NYC veterans, service members, and their families struggling with student loan debt

October 19, 2012 at 12:27 am 0 comments

Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP) and  South Brooklyn Legal Services Veterans’ Rights Project (SBLS) are providing free legal assistance for veterans, service members and their families who are struggling with student loan debt and legal problems associated with sham trade and for-profit schools they attended. Many for-profit schools aggressively targetRead More

New York state government launches plans to protect immigrant youth from exploitation when applying for deferred action

October 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm 0 comments

The Department of State set aside $600,000 to establish legal counsel teams, working with Bar Associations, pro bono attorneys and experienced immigration lawyers, to provide legal support for youth seeking deferred action, as well as providing legal technical assistance to immigrant service providers across the state. A major goal ofRead More