VLP Probate Initiative

In response to the state’s rising death toll as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the VLP, anticipating a surge in coronavirus related estate cases, launched the VLP Probate Initiative in partnership with the Brooklyn Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section and Surrogate’s Court Committee to provide much-needed services to families who have been affected as a result of COVID-19.

Volunteer attorneys will provide pro bono legal assistance to qualifying individuals and families in completing applications for voluntary letters of administration for estates $50,000 or less and SCPA 1310 affidavits regarding payment of certain debts without administration.

View and download our official press release announcing the launch of the initiative here.

Following the launch of the initiative, to help further our reach, the VLP welcomed the participation and expertise of pro bono attorneys from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.


If you are a Brooklyn resident in need of probate assistance for an estate $50,000 or less or a NYC resident who has lost a family member due to COVID-19 and in need of similar legal help, please call 718-624-3894 or begin an online intake here.

If you are an 1199SEIU member or family member please click here for additional resources and intake.