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If you are interested in volunteering please call Gale D. Berg, Director of Pro Bono Attorney Activities or Nicole Lubell, Conference Coordinator at (516) 747-4070 to volunteer. In order to speed the registration process, please complete the form required. (Attorney Registration Form) Before volunteering you must observe for a period of time in order to familiarize yourself with our process and policies. We carry the malpractice insurance to cover you while at the clinic or at court mandated conferences. Use your direct NCBA log in for additional information, instructions and updates.
VOLUNTEER FOR A CLINIC:
The clinics are uniquely designed to bring as many mortgage foreclosure resources as possible together in one room. The clinics are held TWICE every month, 3-6 p.m. at the Bar’s headquarters in Mineola. Residents pre-register to ensure the proper clinic staffing, language needs and to schedule appointments. Volunteer attorneys trained through the Project receive directions, recommended questions and other information such as a sample Answer to use as a consultation guide (Attorney Volunteer Guidelines). To streamline the process, clients complete an initial intake form, also available in Spanish, given by them to the attorney volunteer (See V-C Client Intake Forms – English and Spanish).
The attorneys meet one-on-one with the homeowners to perform a legal “triage”, assessing the financial situation and current stage of the foreclosure process. They help the homeowners sort things out, give advice, explain the process and provide options. Those needing loan modifications can immediately meet with HUD-certified housing counselors from various non-profit organizations, all assembled together in the same room. If bankruptcy is an option, they can speak with a volunteer bankruptcy attorney. If fraud is suspected, they are referred to the Nassau DA’s office or NYS Attorney General’s Office. The monthly clinics average 10-14 attorneys and attract 50-60 homeowners.
VOLUNTEER FOR COURT MANDATED CONFERENCES IN SUPREME COURT:
The conferences are held Monday through Wednesday at 9:00 am,11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Pro bono attorneys are there for the session only and do not follow the case. They interview the homeowner and represent them for purposes of the conference only. Pro bono Attorneys will also provide help with drafting an Answer in response to a Summons and Complaint and if homeowners do not have time to attend our clinic. Clients complete an initial intake form, also available in Spanish.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Gale D. Berg, Director of Pro Bono Attorney Activities (email@example.com) or Nicole Lubell (NLubell@nassaubar.org) Settlement Conference Coordinator (516) 747-4070
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