Advanced Life Planning

Wills and Health Care Proxies:

Assistance with estate planning, advance directives and wills is among the core services that Access Justice Brooklyn has provided for over 20 years and remains a central component of our work today. In addition, we provide direct assistance with probate matters for small estates ($50,000 or less) – a service we began offering in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While life planning documents are essential to ensuring that wishes regarding personal assets and medical care are followed, an estimated 1 in 3 people do not have estate plans.

Our staff and pro bono volunteer attorneys provide accessible, free assistance with creating wills and designating power of attorney, emphasizing that a low income should not prevent individuals from the dignity of future arrangements. These important life planning documents allow individuals to choose the family members and/or friends they trust to manage their affairs and make important decisions on their behalf, giving Brooklynites and their families greater long-term stability and peace of mind.

If you need legal help, please call (718) 624-3894 or start an online intake.

Additional Resources:

Living Will vs. Last Will and Testament

New York State Department of Health: Choosing Your Health Care Agent