VLP COVID-19 Frontline Workers Initiative
VLP COVID-19 PARTNERSHIP WITH 1199SEIU UNITED HEALTHCARE WORKERS
In collaboration with pro bono partnering law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, the VLP COVID-19 Frontline Workers Initiative recognizes the sacrifice and dedication of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 crisis by offering the free preparation of life planning documents (wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, parental designation forms, and other life planning documents). The legal work will be completed using technology to enable volunteer attorneys and healthcare workers to meet remotely in order to comply with social distancing guidelines while they remain place.
The 1199SEIU members are on the frontlines working in nursing homes, home care settings, hospitals, clinics, and ambulatory services, caring directly for COVID-19 patients, putting themselves at high-risk of COVID-19 infection and placing their lives on the line by virtue of their work. With increased concern of falling ill or succumbing to complications due to COVID-19, 1199SEIU members need assurance that proper planning and care for their families are in place as well as designations for personal health care decisions and other life planning documents are completed. The initiative is therefore timely and essential to providing the much needed and deserved security to 1199SEIU frontline workers.
As an extension to life planning document preparation, the initiative also offers pro bono services in probate matters should an 1199SEIU member pass away without a will. Volunteer legal assistance will be provided to families with member estates under $50,000.
While heartbreaking to know the need for these services is so great, the VLP will proudly assist the 1199SEIU members, helping to provide a critical and immediate level of support for our essential frontline heroes and their families.
Upon intake, clients will also be screened for general legal services provided by the VLP such as consumer debt assistance, bankruptcy, foreclosure, custody, visitation, 17A guardianship and uncontested divorce. As appropriate, clients’ other legal matters will be handled by VLP staff and volunteers.
FREE LEGAL SERVICES FOR 1199SEIU UNITED HEALTHCARE WORKERS
If you are an 1199SEIU member living in New York City and need assistance with the below documents, please call 718-624-3894 or begin an online intake here.
· Health Care Proxy
· Power of Attorney
· Standby guardianship form
· Parental designation form
Additionally, if you are an 1199SEIU member living in New York City or the immediate relative of an 1199SEIU member who recently passed away and need probate assistance (assistance with a small estate affidavit or “Affidavit of Voluntary Administration”) for estates of $50,000 or less, please call 718-624-3894.
Please be sure to identify yourself as an 1199SEIU member when speaking with the VLP representative.
After completing an intake, you will be matched directly with a volunteer attorney or provided with the appropriate referral.
ADDITIONAL FREE LEGAL SERVICES FOR BROOKLYN RESIDENTS
If you are an 1199SEIU member living in Brooklyn, you may also qualify for additional free legal services from the VLP in the below areas.
· Child support
· Uncontested divorce
· Consumer debt cases (when you are being sued in court for a credit card debt, medical debt, or other debt)
· 17A guardianship for parents of individuals with intellectual or development disabilities
Please call 718-624-3894 for assistance and identify yourself as an 1199SEIU member or begin an online intake here.