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, you can start an online intake here. If you prefer to speak with staff directly, our intake hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please call (718) 624-3894 or email us at help@accessjusticebk.org.

Additional Resources:

Living Will vs. Last Will and Testament

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