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About Us

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., (NLS), is a private, non-profit agency, founded in 1976, and funded primarily by the federal Legal Services Corporation, the Interest on Lawyer Account Fund of the State of New York (IOLA) and a grant from the New York State Assembly. Financial support is also provided by the New York State Commission on Quality of Care, the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the City of Buffalo, and various agencies of the State of New York.

In 2004 Neighborhood Legal Services merged with two other legal services programs. Niagara County Legal Aid Society located in Niagara Falls and serving Niagara County, and Oak Orchard Legal Services, located in Batavia and serving Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming Counties were merged into Neighborhood Legal Services pursuant to a reorganization plan for the Legal Services Corporation funded programs in New York State. NLS now operates those offices in Niagara Falls and Batavia as divisions of Neighborhood Legal Services under their pre-merger identities. Neighborhood Legal Services provides services primarily in Erie, Niagara, Orleans Genesee and Wyoming Counties. We also provide certain disability rights related services in additional counties in Western New York.

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors made up of attorney representatives appointed from nine local bar associations including the Erie County Bar Association, the Minority Bar Association of Erie County, the Western New York Chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, the Niagara Falls Bar Association, the Lockport Bar Association, the Niagara County Bar Association, the Orleans County Bar Association, the Genesee County Bar Association, and the Wyoming County Bar Association. The Board also has members appointed by other public service organizations. The three offices are located at:

Erie County
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
237 Main Street, 4th floor
Buffalo, New York 14203
Tel: (716) 847-0650   Fax: (716) 847-0227   TTY: (716) 847-1322

HOW IT WORKS

Call 847-0650 (TDD 847-1322) as listed below.

A limited number of calls are accepted each day on a first-come first-served basis promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Housing & Public Benefits
Monday - Thursday — 9:00 a.m.

Family
Monday - Wednesday — 9:00 a.m.

Disability
Monday - Friday — 9:00 - 4:30

SSI and/or SSD Denials
Monday, Wednesday & Friday — 9:00 a.m.

Niagara County
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. 
225 Old Falls Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 844
Niagara Falls, New York 14302
Tel: (716) 284-8831   Fax: (716)284-8040

Hours

Monday - Friday — 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming Counties
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
5073 Clinton Street Road
Batavia, New York 14020
Tel: (585) 343-5450   Fax: (585) 343-5503

Hours

Monday - Friday — 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

 

After the initial telephone call, matters are handled by appointment only, except for certain emergencies as determined by our staff. Home visits may be arranged for clients with disabilities when necessary.

This schedule is subject to change without notice.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Services are provided FREE to financially eligible persons who reside in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming Counties. In some matters clients are required to pay court costs (usually no more than $70.00). In some cases our Disability Law Unit will represent persons in counties outside of Erie County.

Federal poverty guidelines are used to determine financial eligibility for our services based upon the number of persons in the household. These guidelines may vary in regard to disability, housing discrimination and domestic violence cases.

 

Buffalo Office

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
237 Main Street, 4th floor
Buffalo, New York 14203
 
Tel: (716) 847-0650
Fax: (716) 847-0227

Serving Erie County

Niagara Falls Office

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
225 Old Falls Street, 3rd Floor
PO Box 844
Niagara Falls, New York 14302

Tel: (716) 284-8831
Fax: (716) 284-8040

Serving Niagara County

Batavia Office

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
5073 Clinton Street Road
Batavia, New York 14020

Tel: (585) 343-5450
Fax: (585) 343-5503

Serving Orleans, Genesee & Wyoming Counties

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Web site underwritten by the John R. Oishei Foundation.

The John R. Oishei Foundation