Military Legal Assistance Offices
Visit the U.S. Armed Forces Legal Assistance Locator to locate the nearest military legal assistance office (click on "Advanced" and "Accept"). Servicemembers and their families may access free legal assistance at these offices. See our Working with a Lawyer publication for more details on eligibility.
Legal Aid and Pro Bono Programs
Visit FindLegalHelp.org to locate programs that provide free civil legal assistance. These organizations may or may not have military-specific services. Contact these programs for more details on eligibility.
Lawyer Referral Programs
Visit the Lawyer Referral Directory to locate programs that can connect you to a lawyer who charges for legal services. In the search box, type your state, county, or city to find local programs. Some attorneys with these programs, however, may offer discounted initial consultations or may charge reduced fees based on your income. Contact these programs for more information.
Military/Veteran Specific Programs
If programs are listed below, they are designed to assist military members and/or veterans with legal matters. See the specific details and contact these programs for more information. Also visit nationwide programs.
ABA Free Legal Answers
If you can't afford a lawyer, ABA Free Legal Answers may be able to help. For most civil (non-criminal) legal questions, if your state participates, click on "Select the state where you live" and click on your state to ask a question.
For VA benefits, discharge upgrades, or other veteran-related legal questions: Choose "ABA Federal" in the "Select the state where you live" dropdown menu to ask a discharge upgrade or VA-related question, and receive an answer from an attorney.
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Veterans and Military Families Advocacy Project
90 Maple Ave
White Plains, NY 10601
Intake line: 1-877-574-8529
Visit Legal Services of the Hudson Valley Website
Type of Cases Accepted: VA Benefits Appeals, SSD/SSI, Public Benefits, Child Support, Housing, Domestic Violence, Custody
Nassau County Bar Association
15th and West Streets
Mineola, NY 11501
Lawyer Referral Information Service
Contact: Pat Carbonaro
Visit Nassau Bar County Website
Veterans Justice Project Hotline: (347) 592-2409
Counties Served: Bronx, Kings, Manhattan, Queens and Richmond (all New York City Counties)
Types of Cases Accepted: Housing, Government Benefits, Immigration, Domestic Violence, Family Law, Bankruptcy, Consumer Law
Program Description: Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the country. Through its Veterans Justice Project, LSNYC represents Veterans, Military Service Members and their families in eviction proceedings and mortgage foreclosures, as well as in obtaining government benefits such as unemployment insurance, food stamps, Medicaid/Medicare and Social Security Disability. In addition, LSNYC helps Veterans, Military Service Members and their families with a variety of family law issues, including child custody and child support, orders of protection and divorce. Veterans, Military Service Members and their families can also receive assistance with immigration, consumer debt and bankruptcy matters. To seek legal assistance from LSNYC attorneys, call (347) 592-2409.