About Legal Hand

NYLAG participates in the Legal Hand Project, which brings community volunteers to New York City neighborhoods to provide free legal information, assistance, and referrals to local residents. A NYLAG staff attorney is onsite training and assisting volunteers at Legal Hand’s Crown Heights Brooklyn location. There are also Legal Hand storefront locations in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and Jamaica, Queens. (See site information below.)

Legal Hand community volunteers provide assistance in areas of concern including housing, family matters, immigration, divorce, domestic violence, and public benefits. The goal is to prevent problems from turning into legal actions that can seriously harm low-income residents, forcing people out of their homes, separating families, or imposing additional financial burdens.

Legal Hand volunteers can help with a range of issues including the following, but if you are concerned about something not listed, please stop by and see how we can help:

Public Benefits

  • Find out if you are eligible for any benefits
  • Apply for benefits
  • Appeal a denial of benefits or resolve other benefit issues

Family Matters

  • Resolve a dispute over custody or child support
  • Learn about your options for filing for divorce

Consumer Debt

  • Stop harassment from debt collectors
  • Find out how to repair your credit or deal with identity theft


  • Apply for unemployment benefits
  • Get help creating a resume
  • Mediate a dispute with your employer


  • Deal with a heat, hot water, or repair issue in your apartment,
  • Resolve a problem over rent with your landlord or NYCHA
  • Apply for affordable housing


  • Get help caring for a sick family member
  • Fix a problem with your health insurance or find new insurance
  • Apply for guardianship of a family member


Legal Hand centers are easily accessible, welcome walk-ins, and no appointments are necessary. They have weekend and evening hours to accommodate communities members with busy work schedules,and are equipped with computers, Internet access, and printers.

Legal Hand Crown Heights
250 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Legal Hand Brownsville
519 Rockaway Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11212

Legal Hand Jamaica
149-13 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432