Consumer and Employment

We assist with unemployment benefits, bankruptcy and removing barriers to employment.


Regardless of their initial reason for contacting Legal Aid, a large percentage of our clients present at some point with the need for assistance in untangling past or present financial problems.

Bankruptcy Filings

If you have experienced a catastrophic life event that is financially devastating, such as medical expenses, divorce, job loss, or death of the family’s wage earner, you may find yourself overwhelmed by a range of financial problems. Budget planning and debt maintenance may be possible but, if not, bankruptcy may be necessary. We work with individuals to analyze their financial problems, and, if appropriate, represent them in Chapter 7 bankruptcies.


Many people have barriers to employment due to lack of education, incarceration, trauma and displacement, untreated medical conditions, and/or language and cultural differences. Individuals may need certificates of relief from disabilities or certificates of good conduct and advice as to how to make use of these certificates with prospective employers.

Unemployment Insurance

Many people, having lost their jobs, are unaware of rights to unemployment benefits and often fail to follow through with the hearing requirements necessary to obtain them. Clients need legal information and representation at a variety of stages, including information regarding whether they have a good case, how to prepare for a hearing, how to subpoena witnesses, and the importance of complying with the strict time requirements for filings and notices to preserve the right to a hearing.


If you need assistance, contact our office to find out if you qualify for our services at 716-853-9555.

Unless otherwise indicated, our services are available to qualifying individuals in the Eighth Judicial District, which includes the counties of Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Allegany, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Orleans, and Cattaraugus.