A cancer diagnosis can cause devastating legal problems—our lawyers can help.

A cancer diagnosis can cause devastating economic decline and legal issues. In a study conducted by LegalHealth, 78% of the cancer clients surveyed reported that their diagnosis led to the need for assistance with debtor/creditor problems, disability benefits, job protection, health insurance intervention, and advance planning.

LegalHealth attorneys help patients cope with the myriad life changes brought on by a cancer diagnosis. Since 2001, LegalHealth has worked to meet the unique needs of cancer patients with legal clinics in oncology units and cancer centers. LegalHealth also established the National Cancer Legal Services Network in 2009, to increase the availability of free legal services nationwide so that people affected by cancer can focus on their medical care.


clients with cancer served in 2022

We provide representation and services that help cancer patients:

  • Secure government benefits
  • Solve insurance disputes 
  • Plan ahead (e.g., will, healthcare proxy, power of attorney and guardianship) 
  • Assist with employment issues
  • Handle immigration matters 
  • Address credit issues 
  • Fix housing problems

We serve patients with cancer at each of our legal clinic sites, and also have clinics located in the following oncology units or cancer centers:

  • Bellevue Hospital 
  • Beth Israel Medical Center 
  • CancerCare
  • Maimonides Medical Center 
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • MJHS
  • NYU Cancer Institute 
  • Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care & Prevention

LegalHealth’s Cancer Intake Line: (212) 946-0357

After I was denied benefits that would manage my breast cancer symptoms, I wanted to give up. But my NYLAG attorney fought hard for me and got me what I needed.

ERICKA, former client

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