The Geneva office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY), helps qualified clients in five rural upstate New York counties - Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates. Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes (LAFL) was established in 1978 to provide access to the justice system to low-income people and other vulnerable populations with civil legal problems. LAFL is now the Geneva office of LawNY, Inc. (R).
Jeff L. Hogue, supervising attorney of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY), was honored with the New York State Bar Association’s 2010 Denison Ray Civil Legal Services Award at the Legal Assistance Partnership Conference in Albany on June 15, 2010.
Start out going South on Route 14. Route 14 will turn into Exchange Street, continue until Seneca Street. Turn right and continue to South Main Street. Our office will be located on your left, on the corner of South Main Street and Seneca Street.
From the South (Pen Yann):
Start out going North on Route 14. Continue to follow Route 14 until you reach Geneva. Route 14 becomes South Main Street. 361 South Main Street is located on the corner of Seneca Street and South Main Street.
From the East (Seneca Falls):
Start out going west on Rt 5 & 20. Continue following Rt 5 & 20 until you reach Geneva. Turn right at the second stop light, and left onto Exchange Street. When you reach a stop sign, turn left onto Seneca Street. Our office will be located on your left, on the corner of South Main Street and Seneca Street.
From the West (Canandaguia):
Start out going east on Rt 5 & 20. Continue through Geneva. Make a left off of 5 & 20 onto Elizabeth Blackwell Street. This is the street before the stop lights. Then make a right onto Exchange Street. When you reach a stop sign, turn left onto Seneca Street. Our office will be located on your left, on the corner of South Main Street and Seneca Street.
On the C.A.T.S. Bus:
Our office is on Route 1 (City of Geneva) of the CATS Bus System. This bus makes a stop at the Public Parking lot on Exchange Street. You may also get off at any of the Seneca Street drop off points. Our office is located on the corner of South Main Street and Seneca Street.
The only way to be sure about whether we can help you is to call our office at 315-781-1465. Because our funding is limited, we are always seeking new grants to fund our services to low-income people. Sometimes, we get new grants that allow us to offer new services. Sometimes, grants end that paid for us to do special kinds of legal work.
If you are homeless now, or facing an eviction or foreclosure, you may be eligible for free legal advice and services through our office. These services include, but are not limited to, advice on possible defenses you may have in your eviction, representation at court, any further claims you may have against your landlord or mortgage company, as well as assistance working with the Department of Social Services to help you procure stable housing.
If your application for SSI was denied or if SSA has notified you that your SSI will stop because you are no longer considered disabled our office may be able to assist you in appealing your decision.
If you would like help applying for food stamps, and you live in Wayne County, our office provides a Nutrition Outreach program that may be able to help.
If you are elderly, reside in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties, and you are in need of legal services our office may be able to assist you. * Please note that prospective clients generally must have a referral from the County Office for the Aging.
If you are a survivor of domestic violence and reside in Livingston, Ontario or Seneca County you may be eligible for services through our office.
Pro Se Divorce Clinics:
If you would like to pursue divorce proceedings, and you live in Livingston, Ontario, Seneca or Yates Counties this program gives you an hour counsult with an attorney, after which you fill out and file the divorce papers yourself.
* Please note that paternity, support, custody, and visitation must usually be resolved in Family Court before we make a clinic appointment for you