Resources for Self-Represented Court Users

Should your legal problem be so complex, or become complex or contested, some professional organizations have referral services which you may use to attempt to retain an attorney to represent you. These organizations include:

New York State Bar Association - Estate & Surrogate Court Assistance
(518) 463-3200
The New York State Bar Association website has a program that provides volunteer attorneys to assist with Surrogate Court matters. The website also provides explanations and forms.


Planning & Estates Law Project at the New York City Bar
(212) 382-6756

For assistance information on Surrogate court matters call the PELP project at the New York City Bar Justice Center.

  • Call and leave a message with your name, phone number and a brief message.
  • Assist with probate, administration, surrogate court matters, wills, life planning documents
  • Do not represent people in court, trusts or contested matters


City Bar Justice Center
(212) 626-7383


Richmond County Bar Association
25 Hyatt Street - Suite 203
Staten Island, NY 10301

Telephone (718) 442-4500
Fax (718) 442-2019


Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project
(718) 624-3894


New York State Court's Court Help Surrogate's Court DIY Forms
The DIY website has instructions and documents.

Safe Deposit Box Petition Program

Artivle 17 A Guardianship

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