The City Bar Justice Center Announces New Planning and Estates Law Project

Friday, July 26, 2013

  • City Bar Justice Center

The City Bar Justice Center is proud to announce a new pro bono project to assist low-income callers to its Legal Hotline. The Planning and Estates Law Project will soon establish a regularly scheduled clinic to advise low-income people on personal planning, end of life, and estate matters. Pamela Ehrenkranz, who heads the Trusts & Estates practice group at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, spearheaded this initiative in an effort to expand the availability of services to low income New Yorkers.

PELP Clinic 2013

“Everyone—regardless of economic resources—should have access to competent legal counsel with respect to these deeply personal issues affecting their legacies and personal affairs at death,” said Ehrenkranz. “We at the Bar have an obligation to meet these needs.” The panel consists of a group of attorneys who are all current or past members of the New York City Bar Association’s Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Courts Committee or Estate & Gift Taxation Committee. Mary Croly of McLaughlin & Stern, LLP; Chi-Yu Liang of Withers Bergman LLP; Jurij Mykolajtchuk (Law Offices of); and Glenn A. Opell of Cullen and Dykman LLP have joined Ms. Ehrenkranz on the panel which will be seeking additional experienced T & E members in the Fall.

PELP Clinic 2013

“This is a new model for pro bono help from experts in trusts and estates law, and will make a tremendous difference for people at difficult times in their lives,” said Lynn M. Kelly, Executive Director of the City Bar Justice Center.