Hurricane Sandy: Free Legal Clinic
Free legal aid clinics for Sandy victims in Hoboken, NJ
As part of the Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) new disaster legal response program, free legal aid clinics will be held for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken for New Jersey This program also includes extended representation and a statewide hotline. Clinics will take place at the Hoboken Elks Lodge at 1005 Washington Street on the following Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm:
- July 11
- July 18
- August 1
- August 15
Volunteering counsel, advice and assistance
At these free legal clinics, VLJ and its volunteer attorneys provide counsel, advice and limited scope assistance to participants. Matters often include insurance, housing, landlord/tenant issues, contractor disputes, employment issues and FEMA appeals. Volunteers at the clinics have included attorneys from McCarter & English LLP, Patton Boggs LLP, UBS, Citi, Duane Morris LLP, Gibbons PC, Jackson Lewis LLP, and Morgan Lewis. Clinic participants should bring correspondence with FEMA, insurance policies and correspondence with insurers, mortgages and recent mortgage statements, and leases and correspondence with landlords.
Clinics are also being held in Jersey City, as well as in central and south Jersey as well. A regularly updated list of clinic dates is available at www.vljnj.org.
All victims of the storm with legal issues in New Jersey, regardless of their income and assets are eligible to meet with a volunteer attorney at the legal clinic for advice and brief service. Clinic participants needing extended representation are screened for financial eligibility, and VLJ will attempt to locate a volunteer attorney to take on full representation of the client’s legal issue. Applicants will be screened by VLJ for eligibility, but generally, a family of four must have an annual income that is less than $71,000. Applicants will also be asked questions about the value of their assets.
VLJ’s DLRP also includes a statewide hotline – (855) 301-2525 – staffed by volunteer attorneys, VLJ staff, and law students. Intake staff is available to answer calls on Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will screen cases for potential placement with volunteer lawyers. Callers may also leave a message on the hotline after hours and receive a prompt call-back from a VLJ volunteer or staff member to address their issues.
About VLJ – Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
VLJ is a state-wide 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation based in Newark. VLJ provides comprehensive legal services to economically-disadvantaged adults, children, and families in New Jersey to ensure fair and equal treatment within the legal system. Programs include free legal counsel and advice, educational seminars on various legal matters, and direct representation for at-risk individuals facing critical civil legal issues.