Veteran Service Day Offers Free Legal Advice to Veterans

Albany Law School’s Veterans’ Rights Pro Bono Project will once again offer free legal advice and services to veterans on February 23, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the law school.

Attorneys will be on hand to advise veterans and provide free legal services in a wide variety of legal areas, including:

 

Drafting Wills, Health Care Proxies, and Powers of Attorney Employment Law (including veteran-specific employment concerns)

Obtaining VA disability or pension benefits

Discharge Upgrades (and other Military Law areas)

Military Documentation Questions

Family Law and Matrimonial Law matters (divorces, child custody planning, etc.)

Tax Law issues

Filing For Bankruptcy

In addition, representatives from a number of organizations that provide key services for veterans are scheduled to be present, including members of the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, the Albany County Veterans’ Services Bureau, and the New York State Division of Labor.

Appointments are highly recommended for veterans seeking to meet with an attorney. To make an appointment, call (518) 445-2365 and leave a message stating your name, your phone number, and the time of day when you would like to make an appointment. A member of the pro bono project will call back within the next day or two to confirm your appointment. Veterans interested in an appointment can also send an email to bpomerance@albanylaw.edu.

Attorneys taking part in this program include:

  • Maj. Joel Abelove, U.S. Army Senior Defense Counsel

  • Michael Crowe, Associate, Cutler, Trainor, & Cutler LLP

  • David Kubikian, Partner, Law Offices of Jean Mahserjia

  • Nancy Morgan, Partner, Finkelstein & Partners LLP

  • Robert Randall, Principal, The Randall Law Firm

  • Florence Richardson, Partner, Kahn & Richardson

  • Ariel Solomon, Founding Partner, Solomon Law Firm PLLC 

  • Kathleen Toombs, Principal, The Law Office of Kathleen M. Toombs

  • David Fallon, Tully Rincky, PLLC

Albany Law School’s Veterans’ Rights Pro Bono Project, with a membership of more than 20 Albany Law School students, has facilitated the provision of free legal services for veterans since the autumn of 2011. During that time, the project has successfully helped veterans in matters ranging from securing VA benefits to developing child custody arrangements, and from estate planning to immigration defense to correcting erroneous military documents. The project also takes part in programs with the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York at the Albany Housing Coalition and at the Stratton VA Hospital.