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Legal Services


Legal Aid Bureau
Handles consumer problems and bankruptcy, family and domestic relations matters, landlord/tenant disputes.
Phone: 853-9555

Legal Services for the Elderly
Help is given without cost to seniors in Erie County for problems with:
health care (Medicaid, Medicare, private health insurance, medical transportation, home health care and institutional issues);
income maintenance (Social Security Retirement, SSI, Veterans Benefits, Railroad Retirement and limited consumer matters);
substitute decision making (health care proxies, powers of attorney, defense of guardianship proceedings);
family law (seniors raising a child under 19 who need assistance with custody/adoption/standby guardian or related public benefits);
and housing (predatory lending, and mortgage foreclosure). Additional housing services are offered to low-income City of Buffalo residents (tax foreclosure, eviction, housing code violations and landlord representation in owner occupied situations).
Phone: 853-3087
Web: http://www.lsed.org

Neighborhood Legal Services
For low income people and for problems with SSI, Food Stamps, disability claims, handicapped rights, family law, housing for homeless and eviction matters. Help is provided at no charge.
Phone: 847-0650
Web: http://www.nls.org

Volunteer Lawyer Project
Family law including divorce, custody/ guardianship, housing issues such as real property matters, public and veterans benefits, civil rights/ discrimination.
Phone: 847-0662

Lawyer Referral Services of Erie Co. Bar Assoc.
Initial consultation for referral to private attorney is $20.00.
Phone: 852-3100
Web: http://www.eriebar.org

AARP Legal Services Network
Web: http://www.aarp.org/lsn/

Child and Family Services, Center for Resolution and Justice
Resolution of neighborhood, family, and other interpersonal disputes by mediation and arbitration as an alternative to court action. Disputes include harassment, assault, trespass, property damage, theft of services and non-payment of rent.
Phone: 362-2323
Web: http://www.cfsbny.org

NYS Attorney General
Contact for information on landlord/ tenant problems, publications relating to seniors, filing a complaint.
Consumer Fraud Line: 853-8404
Web: http://www.oag.state.ny.us