Legal

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Since 1991, our Legal Services Program (LSP) has provided education and legal representation.  We have provided free civil legal services in a wide array of civil matters, such as wills and advanced directives; legal name and document change; public benefits; discrimination and employment issues; landlord-tenant matters; immigration; civil rights litigation; insurance; custody and guardianship issues.  We currently have service sites in Jamaica, Far Rockaway, Woodside, and Astoria.

The scope of legal service provided includes, but not limited to, the following:

  • Wills
  • Medical directives
  • Discrimination and employment issues
  • Landlord-tenant matters
  • Immigration
  • Family law
  • Public benefits
  • SSI/SSD
  • Guardianship
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Confidentiality issues

Legal representation by ACQC staff attorneys has prevented hundreds of evictions, development of permanency plans for the children of many of our clients, development and execution of advance directives such as wills health care proxies and powers of attorney, development of debtor payment plans, maximizing clients’ entitlements and educating clients on immigration law issues.

Due to constant changes in the laws concerning HIV+ people and individuals with AIDS, the Legal Services Program staff is available to present educational programs concerning issues of relevance to HIV+ people such as confidentiality, the rights of tenants, parents and HIV+ patients, as well as consumer issues to staff, clients, and community members.

An appointment is necessary in order to see a staff attorney except in cases of emergencies such as Marshal Eviction notices, restraint of bank accounts, or emergency placement of a child.

To schedule an appointment to meet with a staff member from our Legal Services Program, please contact us at (718) 896-2500.

When you arrive for your appointment, be sure to bring with you all legal documents relevant to your situation as well as proof of your HIV+ status.