Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. NYLAG’s staff of 350 impacted the lives of nearly 113,000 people last year.
NYLAG seeks a highly motivated temporary staff attorney to join its staff from mid December 2023 to end of June 2024 to assist clients with a wide variety of planning instruments, including Medical Advance Directives, Powers of Attorney and Last Will and Testaments, as well as provide guidance and assistance with the probate and administration of estates, Art. 81 Guardianships, and Art. 17-A Guardianships. This attorney will also provide community and professional trainings on these topics.
Duties and Responsibilities
This attorney’s primary responsibilities include:
- Provide direct services, including counseling, drafting and supervising the execution of advance planning documents, assistance with guardianship and estate matters;
- Meeting with clients at community-based sites in New York City, staffing NYLAG’s innovative Mobile Legal Help Center and making home visits for homebound clients;
- Work with and mentor pro bono attorneys, volunteers, and law students working with NYLAG;
- Conduct trainings for community-based organizations, local agencies, and other advocates in the related substantive matters;
- Engage and conduct outreach with communities who face barriers to accessing services;
- Other duties as assigned.
- Admission to NYS Bar is required;
- NYS notary license is required;
- Excellent communication, research and writing skills are required;
- Civil legal services, clinical, and/or fellowship experience in trusts and estate or elder law is preferred;
- Strong organizational and administrative skills are required;
- Experience working with diverse populations is preferred;
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.
NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.
☒ Temporary – midDecember 2023 to end of June 2024
Salary Range: NYLAG is a unionized workplace, and salaries are set pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement. The current salary range for this position is between $77,117 - $85, 892.
Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance, long term disability, commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts (FSA) for Medical and Dependent care.
Application Instructions: Please save resume and cover letter on one pdf.
Covid Vaccination Policy:Please note, to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and clients, NYLAG requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved.
NYLAG is committed to a hybrid work policy for staff whose work does not require their full-time presence in the office. NYLAG’s current policy is that most staff are required to work in NYLAG’s offices or do other in-person work at least two days each week. This policy is subject to change.