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Court Help Centers & Community Organizations

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Court based Help Centers provide free information about the law and court procedure, to people who do not have an attorney. Help Center staff do not provide legal advice and are unable to represent you. If you need to start a case or if you received papers telling you that someone has started a case against you, a Help Center can guide you through the court process.

On this page, you will find the contact information for court-based Help Centers and Community Organizations that may be able to help you.

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Albany County

Albany County Family Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (518) 445-7691 x115
Email: Irs@albanycountybar.com

This Help Center has:

  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Assistance Filling Out Forms
Website


Bronx County

Bronx County General Civil and Small Claims Virtual Help Center What's There? ] 
Call: (646) 386-5556
Leave a message with a number where you can be reached. A court attorney will return your call.

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Multi-court Help Center
  • Housing Court
  • Civil Court
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Guardianship
  • Probate/Administration
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Website

Bronx County Housing Part's Virtual Help Center
What's There? ]
Call: (718) 466-3022
Leave a message with a number where you can be reached. A court attorney will return your call.

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Housing Help Program (HHP)
  • Housing Court

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Website

Bronx County Family Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call the Family Court Hotline at (646) 386-5299

This Help Center lets people without a lawyer create and file petitions all in the same room. If you don’t have a lawyer, you can meet with Volunteer Attorneys, talk with LIFT representatives, receive copies of court orders, and appear before a Court Referee.

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)

Email: NYFCInquiry@nycourts.gov

Website

Bronx County Family Court Volunteer Attorney ProgramWhat's There? ]
Presently all of our pro bono programs are on hold due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are working on moving our pro bono programs to a remote format online or by phone and will announce them once they resume.

Get free legal consultations on support, paternity, custody, visitation, family offense and guardianship matters.:

LIFTWhat's There? ]
Call the LIFT helpline at (212) 343-1122
Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.
Se habla español.

Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) has tables in the Family Court offering on-the-spot help to families. Also, gives help and information on the telephone hotline.

Website
LIFT Services
LIFT Program Flyer

Bronx County Supreme Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, the Help Center is only available by telephone. For help, call: (718) 618-1350

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Multi-court Help Center
  • Housing Court
  • Civil Court
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Guardianship
  • Probate/Administration
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)

Bronx County Surrogate's Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (718) 618-1722
Para Español llame: (718) 618-1744

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Administrative proceedings

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: bxsurrhelpctr@nycourts.gov

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Columbia County

Columbia County Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (518) 267-3170 or

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Multi-court Help Center
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Support
  • Housing Court
  • Civil Court

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: columbialawlibrary@nycourts.gov

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Dutchess County

Westchester County Supreme Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (914) 824-5457

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Supreme Court cases
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Guardianship
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
9th JD Virtual Help Center
Call (914) 824-5289
Email: VirtualCourtHelp9JD@nycourts.gov

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Erie County

8th Judicial District Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (716) 845-1816 or

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Housing Court
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • Internet Access Terminal (with no limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: dpinnock@nycourts.gov

Website | Brochure (pdf)

Erie County Surrogate’s Court Help Center

Call: (716) 845-2580 or
Email: Eriesurrogatehelp@nycourts.gov
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Kings County (Brooklyn)

Kings County Civil and Housing Court Virtual Help CenterWhat's There? ]
For help with housing matters call: (347) 404-9043 or
(347) 404-9044.
Leave a message with a number where you can be reached.
A court attorney will return your call.

For help with general civil or small claims matters call:
(646) 386-5556. Leave a message with a number where you can be reached. A court attorney will return your call.

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Housing Court
  • Civil Court
  • Name Change

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Website

Kings County Family Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]

Call the Family Court Hotline at (646) 386-5299 or

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Child / Spousal Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: NYFCInquiry@nycourts.gov

Website

Family Court Volunteer Attorney ProgramWhat's There? ]
Presently all of our pro bono programs are on hold due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are working on moving our pro bono programs to a remote format online or by phone and will announce them once they resume.

Get free legal consultations on support, paternity, custody, visitation, family offense and guardianship matters.

LIFTWhat's There? ]
Call the LIFT helpline at (212) 343-1122
Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
Se habla español

Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) has tables in the Family Court offering on-the-spot help to families. Also, gives help and information on the telephone hotline. Located on the 6th Floor in the Petition Room waiting area.

Website
LIFT Services
LIFT Program Flyer

Red Hook Community Justice Center Help Center (Housing)
Call: (718) 923-8250 or

Email:joyr@nycourts.gov

Website

Kings County Supreme Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (347) 296-1740

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Art. 78, Responding to complaint
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Guardianship
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: 360ASupremeCivilSelfHelp@nycourts.gov

Kings County Surrogate's Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Please contact the departments directly.
Accounting: (347) 404-9685
Administration: (347) 404-9690
Cashier: (347) 404-9730
Guardianship: (347) 404-9664
Miscellaneous: (347) 404-9680
Probate: (347) 404-9670.

For urgent matters contact the Chief Clerk’s Office
at (347) 404-9720 or

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Estate proceedings
  • Guardianship
  • Probate/Administration

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: KingSurr-Emergency@nycourts.gov

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Monroe County

7th Judicial District Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (585) 371-3284 or Email: 7thCourtHelp@nycourts.gov

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Small Claims/debt collection
  • Housing Court
  • Civil Court
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Guardianship
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Foreclosure
  • Criminal Issues
  • Traffic Violations

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
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Nassau County

Nassau County Supreme Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
100 Supreme Court Drive, 2nd Floor
Mineola, NY 11501
Call: (516) 493-3400
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed between 1:00pm and 2:00pm each day

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Small Claims, Post Judgment Enforcement
  • Housing Court
  • Civil Court
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Guardianship
  • Probate/Administration
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foreclosure
  • Criminal Issues
  • Traffic Violations

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
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New York County (Manhattan)

New York County Civil and Housing Court Virtual Help CenterWhat's There? ]
For housing court matters call: (646) 386-5554 or (646) 386-5555
Leave a message with a number where you can be reached.
A court attorney will return your call.

For general civil and small claims matters call: (646) 386-5556
Leave a message with a number where you can be reached. A court attorney will return your call.

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Civil Court
  • Housing Court

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Website

New York County Family Court Help Center What's There? ]
Call the Family Court Hotline at: (646) 386-5299

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Support Cases
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Guardianship
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: NYFCInquiry@nycourts.gov

Website

Family Court Volunteer Attorney ProgramWhat's There? ]
Presently all of our pro bono programs are on hold due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are working on moving our pro bono programs to a remote format online or by phone and will announce them once they resume.

Get free legal consultations on support, paternity, custody, visitation, family offense and guardianship matters.

LIFTWhat's There? ]
Call the LIFT helpline at (212) 343-1122
Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
Se habla español

Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) has tables in the Family Court offering on-the-spot help to families. Also, gives help and information on the telephone hotline. Located in the lobby directly past the metal detectors.

Website
LIFT Services
LIFT Program Flyer

Harlem Community Justice Center Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (212) 360-4988 to leave a message and get a return call or

This Help Center can help you with::

  • Housing Court

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: rpunnett@nycourts.gov

Website

New York County Supreme Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
60 Centre Street, Room 116
New York, NY 10007
Call: 646-386-3025

This Help Center can help you with::

  • Article 78 proceedings, including NYCHA
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
E-mail only (no filings accepted)
SFC-HelpCenterNY@nycourts.gov

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Website

New York County Surrogate's Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
31 Chambers Street, Room 500
New York, NY 10007
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
(closed 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)
Call: (347) 978-4068 or

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Estate proceedings
  • Guardianship
  • Probate/Administration

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: egomez@nycourts.gov

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Orange County

Westchester County Supreme Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (914) 824-5457

This Help Center can help you with:

  • All issues pending or to be commenced in Supreme Court
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Guardianship
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
9th JD Virtual Help Center
Call: (914) 824-5289
Email: VirtualCourtHelp9JD@nycourts.gov

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Putnam County

Westchester County Supreme Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (914) 824-5457

This Help Center can help you with:

  • All issues pending or to be commenced in Supreme Court
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Guardianship
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
9th JD Virtual Help Center
Call: (914) 824-5289
Email: VirtualCourtHelp9JD@nycourts.gov

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Queens County

Queens County Civil and Housing Court Virtual Help CenterWhat's There? ]
For housing matters call (718) 262-7185 or (718) 262-7186
Leave a message with a number where you can be reached.
A court attorney will return your call

For general civil and small claims matters call (646) 386-5556
Leave a message with a number where you can be reached.
A court attorney will return your call.

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Housing Court
  • Civil Court

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Website

Queens County Family Court Help Center
Call the Family Court Hotline at (646) 386-5299

Email: NYFCInquiry@nycourts.gov

Website

Queens County Family Court Volunteer Attorney ProgramWhat's There? ] 
Presently all of our pro bono programs are on hold due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are working on moving our pro bono programs to a remote format online or by phone and will announce them once they resume.

Get free legal consultations on support, paternity, custody, visitation, family offense and guardianship matters.

LIFTWhat's There? ]
Call the LIFT helpline at (212) 343-1122
Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
Se habla español

Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) has tables in the Family Court offering on-the-spot help to families. Also, gives help and information on the telephone hotline. Located in the lobby, to the right of the Petition Room.

Website
LIFT Services
LIFT Program Flyer

Queens County Supreme Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (718) 298-1024

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Miscellaneous special proceedings
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Supreme Civil
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: courthelpQueens@nycourts.gov

Website

Queens County Surrogate's Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Email: gnssurr-helpcenter@nycourts.gov

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Estate proceedings
  • Guardianships
  • Probate/Administration

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Please visit the NYC Surrogate's Court website for more information.
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Richmond County (Staten Island)

Richmond County Civil and Housing Court Virtual Help CenterWhat's There? ]
For housing matters call (718) 675-8441 or email: richmondhelpcenteratty@gmail.com Leave a message with a number where you can be reached. A court attorney will return your call.

For general civil and small claims matters call: (646) 386-5556
Leave a message with a number where you can be reached. A court attorney will return your call.

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Housing Court
  • Civil Court
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Website

Richmond County Family Court Help Center
Call the Family Court Hotline at (646) 386-5299 or

Email: NYFCInquiry@nycourts.gov

Website

Richmond County Family Court Volunteer Attorney ProgramWhat's There? ] 
Presently all of our pro bono programs are on hold due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are working on moving our pro bono programs to a remote format online or by phone and will announce them once they resume.

Get free legal consultations on support, paternity, custody, visitation, family offense and guardianship matters.

Richmond County Supreme Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (718) 675-8589

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Guardianship
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Important information
Help Center Intake Form

Richmond County Surrogate's Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (718) 675-8504 or

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Estate Proceedings
  • Guardianship
  • Probate/Administration

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: rcerrach@nycourts.gov

Website

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Rockland County

Westchester County Supreme Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (914) 824-5457

9th JD Virtual Help Center
Call: (914) 824-5289

This Help Center can help you with:

  • All issues pending or to be commenced in Supreme Court
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Guardianship
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: VirtualCourtHelp9JD@nycourts.gov

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Suffolk County

Suffolk County Supreme Court Help Center
Law Library (Central Islip)
What's There? ]

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Housing Court
  • Civil Court
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foreclosure
  • Criminal Issues
  • Traffic Violations

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: ctucker@nycourts.gov or nmolina@nycourts.gov
or mmaloney@nycourts.gov
Call (516) 260-3797 or (516) 260-0873 or (646) 753-2486

Suffolk County Supreme Court Help Center
Law Library (Riverhead)
What's There? ]

This Help Center can help you with:

  • Housing Court
  • Civil Court
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foreclosure
  • Criminal Issues
  • Traffic Violations

This Help Center has:

  • Internet Access Terminal (with limitations)
  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: ctucker@nycourts.gov or nmolina@nycourts.gov
or mmaloney@nycourts.gov
Call (516) 260-3797 or (516) 260-0873 or (646) 753-2486

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Westchester County

Westchester County Supreme Court Help CenterWhat's There? ]
Call: (914) 824-5457

9th JD Virtual Help Center
Call: (914) 824-5289

This Help Center can help you with:

  • All issues pending or to be commenced in Supreme Court
  • Divorce/Matrimonial
  • Name Change
  • Supreme Civil
  • Guardianship
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foreclosure

This Help Center has:

  • DIY Form Access
  • Free Wifi
  • Court Forms
  • Sample Forms
  • Informational hand-outs
  • Referrals to other organizations (governmental & non-governmental)
Email: VirtualCourtHelp9JD@nycourts.gov
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