Articles by: WNegron @ LawHelp NY

Happy Holidays from New York LawHelp!

Happy Holidays from New York LawHelp!

December 23, 2013 at 5:20 am 0 comments

From the staff of New York Legal Help and New York LawHelp, we’d like to wish you and your families a healthy, happy, and safe holiday season! Please remember that if you or a family or friend is encountering a legal issue and you reside in New York State,  LiveHelpRead More

As Promised: Pet Law in New York City!

December 9, 2013 at 4:42 am 0 comments

While most of LawHelpNY’s housing resources focus on the housing rights of humans, our non-human companions enjoy some legal protections, too! In NYC, tenants who have lived openly and notoriously with a pet may be able to defeat a no-pet clause in a lease.  Residents of NYCHA buildings can haveRead More

Thanks to DOMA – Immigration Has Gotten Easier for LGBT Families

Thanks to DOMA – Immigration Has Gotten Easier for LGBT Families

November 9, 2013 at 7:39 am 0 comments

Thanks to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), lesbian and gay married couples and families will now be able to apply for family-based petitions.  The human rights organization, Immigration Equality provides answers to some of the most  most-commonly asked questions regarding family-based immigration petitions for LGBT families.    If you don’tRead More

New work protections for domestic workers set to begin 2015

New work protections for domestic workers set to begin 2015

November 6, 2013 at 10:28 am 0 comments

A law taking effect on 2015 will give new work protections for domestic workers. Domestic workers are nannies, housekeepers, and elder caregivers. They clean and cook and care for children and the elderly. Many are immigrants with a limited knowledge of the laws of this country or of the stateRead More

Find out if you qualify for low-cost phone service through NY’s Lifeline or Link-Up Programs

October 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm 0 comments

Do you you know you may qualify for a discount on your telephone service through the Lifeline and Link-up programs? The program provides qualified consumer with discounts for monthly residential phone bills for basic telephone service and some wireless and cellular providers. Link-up program: provides a discount on the costRead More

Sandy Recovery: Resources and Info for New Yorkers

Sandy Recovery: Resources and Info for New Yorkers

October 14, 2013 at 9:38 am 0 comments

Lea en Español This guide provides answers and information on resources for the most-commonly asked questions and issues coming up during the Sandy recovery process. FEMA Appeals and other Disaster Assistance Sandy Fraud Sandy Insurance Issues Sandy Legal Aid in NYC Housing Issues Tax Issues Assistance for Small Businesses andRead More

Assistance Available for Hudson Valley Residents Wanting to Register for Health Exchange. Info session Oct. 16

October 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm 0 comments

A planned information session about New York State Health Exchange options will take place October 16 at the Red Hook Firehouse. This session will begin at 5:30 p.m. A local non-profit organization will explain the state Health Exchange, the Affordable Care Act, where to find enrollment sites, tax credits andRead More

NY Sandy Victims Still Have to Watch Out for Contractor and Mortgage Scams

October 9, 2013 at 10:36 am 0 comments

Sandy ravaged New York a year ago.  Yet, as families still struggle to put their lives together, there are scam artists preying on their frustration and desperation with getting repairs, struggling to keep their homes, or dealing with state and federal agencies.  Reports have found that scam artists posing asRead More

Are you an immigrant in NYC stuck in a dead-end job?  New government loan program can help!

Are you an immigrant in NYC stuck in a dead-end job? New government loan program can help!

October 5, 2013 at 6:27 pm 0 comments

The Immigrant Bridge Loan Fund recently started in NYC is a first-of-its-kind pilot loan program aimed at boosting the earning potential of the city’s immigrant population.  This program will provide interested and  high-skill immigrants with $1,000 to $10,000 loans to support their transition to higher paying jobs. Loans will be interestRead More

Beware of Mortgage Rescue Scams!

October 4, 2013 at 5:25 am 0 comments

Many people, desperate to save their homes, are being victimized by foreclosure rescue companies. Many of these companies promise to negotiate with mortgage banks for lower rates, get payment forgiveness and other benefits in exchange for illegal upfront fees —promises they won’t or can’t actually fulfill. As a result, consumersRead More