what we do

LegalHealth, a division of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), provides onsite free legal services at hospitals and community-based health organizations in New York. We have a staff of more than 55 lawyers and paraprofessionals.

Our Medical-Legal Partnership Model

Attorneys work alongside healthcare professionals to provide a wide range of legal services to inpatient and ambulatory clients. Each new patient appointment begins with a comprehensive legal intake which affords the patient an opportunity to share their legal problem. The attorney assists the patient with on-the-spot advice or maps out a plan for full representation, brief service, or referrals. LegalHealth trains healthcare professionals to identify social determinants of health that have legal solutions. As the largest medical-legal partnership in the nation, LegalHealth advocates for social justice reform through legislation and policy.

Legal issues shouldn’t stand in the way of better health outcomes.

Our lawyers and paraprofessionals:

  • Handle immigration matters
  • Secure government benefits
  • Fix housing problems
  • Solve insurance disputes
  • Plan ahead (e.g., will, healthcare proxy, power of attorney, standby guardianship)
  • Assist in family matters
  • Provide employment advice
  • Address consumer issues
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