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CLARO is a program provided by the Western New York Law Center (WNYLC), engaging efforts from neighborhood organizations, local universities, volunteers, court resources and generous benefactors.

CLARO is a program provided by the Western New York Law Center (WNYLC), engaging efforts from neighborhood organizations, local universities, volunteers, court resources and generous benefactors.

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  • 1. Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office  A project of the Western NY Law Center Western NY Law Center, 237 Main Street, Suite 1130 Buffalo, NY 14203 Hotline: (716)828-8432 EMail: claro@wnylc.com www.clarobuffalo.org
  • 2. CLARO is a program provided by the Western New York Law Center (WNYLC), engaging efforts from neighborhood organizations, local universities, volunteers, court resources and generous benefactors.
  • 3. Buffalo Federation of Neighborhoods Center, Tri-Main Building 2495 Main Street Buffalo, NY Entrance on Halbert St. Serving the Buffalo Community CLARO functions under the auspices of the Western New York Law Center (WNYLC), BFNC HOPE Center, SUNY Buffalo Law School Financial Advocacy Clinic, and volunteer attorneys, with the support of the 8th Judicial District Courts and sponsorship of The John R. Oishei Foundation.
  • 4. Our Goal: “We’re all consumers, so at some point in our life, we all come across these issues,” said Vera Cedano of the Western New York Law Center, managing attorney for CLARO. “So taking this high moral ground and assuming people are not paying their bills is a little wrong.” Vera Cedano, “Free law service helps consumers battle abusive creditors,” Buffalo News, January 29, 2013 The aim of CLARO is to educate unrepresented debtors regarding their rights as consumers and to help them through the legal process. CLARO aims to maximize legal resources to those in need by providing limited scope legal advice to unrepresented litigants, as part of the larger pro se movement.
  • 5. Online: Reaching CLARO Hotline:  716.828.8432 Website:  www.clarobuffalo.org Email:  claro@wnylc.com In Person:  Walk-in, during Tuesday or Friday Sessions  By Appointment, scheduled via Hotline
  • 6. Get Help Sessions FREE legal advice & help from an attorney on:  Collections  Garnishments  Frozen bank accounts Court cases or judgments related to credit card debts, medical debts, student loans, car loans, utilities collections, lines of credit, charge accounts, foreclosures. TUESDAYS FROM 5 PM – 7 PM BFNC Hope Center 2495 Main Street, Suite 260 Buffalo, NY 14214 FRIDAYS FROM 10 AM – NOON Buffalo City Court 7th Floor, Part 15 50 Delaware Ave Buffalo, NY 14202 Photo, from WIVB, Buffalo “Program offers free legal advice,” Published : Friday, 24 May 2013,
  • 7. Professionals Each session is staffed with a WNYLC paralegal administering the session, WNYLC attorney(s) and volunteer attorneys. During the fall and spring, student attorneys who are enrolled in the Consumer and Financial Advocacy Clinic at SUNY Buffalo Law School help staff the CLARO project. CLARO Staff Staff, Western NY Law Center Provided by The Western NY Law Center: Paralegals Attorneys Website Hotline
  • 8. Legal Advice Court  Provides free, limited-scope legal advice to help participants best represent themselves pro-se.  CLARO attorneys advise visitors about their debt problems and if necessary, draft pleadings that can be used in Court to defend against lawsuits. Buffalo City Court 7th Floor, Part 15 50 Delaware Ave Buffalo, NY 14202
  • 9. Attorney of the Morning CLARO’s Attorney of the Morning program posts an attorney at Court who will be prepared to go in and represent you before the judge that day. There is no charge for this service. You Are Not Alone… CLARO attorneys have experience helping people in your situation. They understand what you are going through. They want to help you!
  • 10. Beyond Legal Advice Guidance Student attorneys have created video presentations available on-line providing tips on how to handle a court appearance:  What to Wear to Court  Court Stress Relief Techniques  Sample dispute letters  Informational slide shows  On-line resource links  Video Presentations  Client Testimonials  Free Basic CLARO Consumer Law Training sessions for volunteer attorneys
  • 11. Patrick could not afford a lawyer to help him remove incorrect information from his credit report. He found out about it when he was interviewing for a job and they did a credit check. A bank had filed a judgment against him and won. He never knew about it and it cost him the job. CLARO helped him through the process of legally ordering the bank to correct the mistake and fix his credit report. Lisa received a summons and had to go to Court. She couldn’t afford an attorney and wasn’t sure what to do next. A CLARO attorney who was at Court that day provided her with the forms she needed and assisted with their completion. After helping her that day, the attorney advised her on what she might need to do in the future and let her know CLARO would be available again to help if she needed it. “They were just there for me.” See more testimonials here. Or paste http://clarobuffalo.org/?page_id=248 into your browser. Who We Help  Any debtor in need of representation.  Consumers facing unfair collection practices.  Disabled, working, unemployed or retired individuals.
  • 12. Collaboration Partners  Western New York Law Center (WNYLC),  BFNC HOPE Center,  SUNY Buffalo Law School Financial Advocacy Clinic  Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo, Inc.  8th Judicial District Courts  John R. Oishei Foundation
  • 13. Call for an Appointment The best way to receive help is to call first and set up an appointment. CLARO Hotline: 716.828.8432
  • 14. Thank You! For further information regarding the CLARO program, generally, please contact CLARO at the Western New York Law Center at (716) 828-8432 or via e-mail at claro@wnylc.com. Western NY Law Center, 237 Main Street, Suite 1130 Buffalo, NY 14203 Hotline: (716)828-8432 EMail: claro@wnylc.com www.clarobuffalo.org