Legal Wellness Institute

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Legal Wellness Institute

The Legal Wellness Institute’s holistic civil legal services promote health and stability for medically fragile New Yorkers. Our goal is to resolve legal problems quickly, so that our clients can focus on their health and their loved ones. 

We strive to make our service accessible. For clients unable to travel to our office, we bring the law office to the client. Our attorneys and advocates can meet in clients’ homes, hospitals, and other sites throughout NYC. LWI’s attorneys and advocates are trained in multiple areas of law so that we can resolve interconnected legal problems.

With our help, clients achieve stability in their incomehousing, and family relationships, and have a plan for the future.


Our Clients and Projects


General Eligibility:

LWI’s legal services are available to individuals and families who live within the five boroughs of New York City and are coping with a life-limiting illness or disability.

The Maite Aquino Program

The Maite Aquino Program at The Family Center provides legal and social services to low-income, NYC mothers, children and family members affected by breast cancer.

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Legal Services for HIV Affected New Yorkers

For more than 25 years, LWI has provided comprehensive legal services for HIV affected individuals and families throughout NYC.

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Economic Justice Project

A financial literacy and empowerment project intended to help low- and moderate-income individuals and families combat poverty

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The Judge Judith Kaye Project

The Judge Judith Kaye Project provides legal and social services to low income, NYC women. The Project has a special focus on women with few social supports.  

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Advanced Cancer Law Project

LWI's Advanced Cancer Law Project provides accessible, holistic legal services to New Yorkers affected by late-stage cancers, to ensure access to the essentials of life and to promote financial and family stability.  

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Continued Care Project

The Continued Care Project helps families address decision-making and other needs of an intellectually or developmentally disabled person, including petitions for Article 17A guardianship when appropriate

Our Legal Services


Our attorneys practice in the following areas of the law:

Housing Law & Eviction Prevention

Having a stable place to call home is vital to an individual's or family's dignity and wellbeing.

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Public Benefits & Income Support

We help our clients obtain benefits and entitlements to ensure economic stability and access to vital health care.

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Family Law

Our clients achieve legal stability in their family relationships and security for the children in their care.

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Lifetime Planning

Planning for the future is an important responsibility, especially for those facing a serious illness or disability.

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Get Help

If you are looking for legal assistance or would like to refer a client, please call 718.789.3841 x 150 or email lwi@thefamilycenter.org

Get Involved

Internship, Volunteer, and Pro Bono opportunities are available.

LWI is grateful for the generous support of the following funders: NYS AIDS Institute, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, Robin Hood, NYC Department of Health, NYS IOLA Fund, NYS Unified Court System, The New York Bar Foundation.