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Free Legal Services If You Live In The Bronx
Free Legal Service for the Jewish Poor
Help for Crime Victims
Pro Bono Attorneys for Crime Victims
Free Legal Assistance for Americans of Arab Descent
Free Legal Services for Disaster Victims and Their Families
Free Legal Help If Your Child Is Suspended or Expelled From School
Get Rid of Neighborhood Troublemakers Without the Police, For Free
10,000 Lawyers That Work For Free
Free Legal Help With Family, Consumer, Housing, Work, Children and Senior Citizen Issues
Help For Families Fighting For Veterans Benefits
Free Lawyers Will Fight For Your Rights
Your Family's Rights Under the New Fair Housing Law
Free Legal Help With Sexual Harassment at Work Or School
Help For You Or Your Child With A Learning Or Physical Disability
Free Legal Help For Breast Cancer Patients
Free Legal Assistance For Domestic Violence Problems
Free Women's Law Centers
Free Help With Welfare Rights
Free Legal Help To Fight Your Union At Work
Free Legal Help To Fight For Your Home Schooling Rights
Free Legal Rights For Women's Issues
Free Legal Help For Pregnant Teens Discriminated In Honors Society
Free Consulting Services In Sex Discrimination Law Suits
Legal Assistance for Overseas Teachers
Free Legal Help On Civil Liberties and Rights
Free Help Collecting Child Support
Free Legal Help for Lesbians, Gay Men and People With HIV/AIDS
Free Legal Latino Help
Paralegals Offer Legal Work at 75% Discount
Discrimination Because You're A Woman, Pregnant, Person of Color, etc.
Fight Your Bank, Credit Card Company, Etc.
Housing Discrimination
Retailers, Mail Order Companies, Auto Dealers, Contractors, Etc.
Lawyers, Accountants, Pharmacists, Doctors, Real Estate Agents, and Other Professionals
Where to Get Help to Stop Sexual Harassment
How An Abuser Can Discover Your Internet Activities (And what you can do about it)
Emergency Shelter, Housing & Counseling For Violence Victims
Lawyer's Referral Service
When All Else Fails
Free Legal Assistance and Referral
Free Legal Assistance in New Jersey
Free Legal and Financial Help for Widows
Free Legal Counsel for Crime Victims
Free Assistance in Finding Public Records

I think I need legal help.
Local members of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division offer free legal counseling to low-income individuals. You can get information at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) that may be set up after the President declares a major disaster. You can call 1-800-525-0321 for more information.

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Free Legal Services If You Live In The Bronx
Bronx Legal Services is a non-profit corporation that provides low-income residents and the elderly with legal representation in civil matters at no charge. There are several offices located throughout the Bronx. Types of services include help with health laws and government benefit law. Contact Bronx Legal Services, South Bronx Office (one of many), 579 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451; 718-993-6250; {www.bronxlegalservices.org}.
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Free Legal Service for the Jewish Poor
Legal Services for New York City delivers free legal service for the Jewish poor in New York City. Participating lawyers speak Yiddish and Russian and have helped holocaust survivors and those that have been disadvantaged in health care and insurance fraud. Contact Legal Services for New York City, 186 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201; {info@lsnybb.org}; {www.lsnybb.org}.
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Help for Crime Victims
The National Center for Victims of Crime is dedicated to helping victims of crimes rebuild their lives. They offer toll-free help lines, a lawyer referral service, support counselors and referrals to support services. A unique service is they provide a section on their web site that gives victims tips on interviewing with the media. Contact National Center for Victims of Crime, 2000 M St. NW #480, Washington, DC 20036; 800-FYI-CALL; Fax: 202-467-8701; {gethelp@ncvc.org}; {www.ncvc.org}.
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Pro Bono Attorneys for Crime Victims
The Stephanie Roper Foundation, Inc. is a program that provides general advice and legal representation to crime victims. They assist victims by offering free information on and guidance through the criminal justice system and can provide pro bono attorneys to represent victims' interests in court. Contact Stephanie Roper Foundation Inc., 14750 B. Main Street, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772; 301-952-0063; {www.stephroper-gpq.com}.
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Free Legal Assistance for Americans of Arab Descent
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a nonsectarian, nonpartisan service organization committed to defending the rights and promoting the heritage of Arab-Americans. ADC offers advocacy in cases of defamation, legal action in cases of discrimination, and counseling in matters of immigration. ADC has published a series of reports on anti-Arab hate crimes. Through its Department of Legal Services, ADC offers counseling in cases of discrimination and defamation and selected impact litigation in the areas of immigration. Contact American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), 4201 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20008; 202-244-2990; Fax: 202-244-3196; {http://www.adc.org}.
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Free Legal Services for Disaster Victims and Their Families
Victims and families of those affected by the recent terrorist attacks can receive free disaster legal services. Volunteer attorneys from the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division can help answer questions about tenant/landlord disputes, wills, insurance and taxes and other issues. The line is staffed daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. To apply for this assistance in NY: 800-247-8035; 800-552-4007; {www.cvb.state.us.ny}. Pentagon Victims should call: 804-378-3434; Victims of the PA Plane Crash should call: 800-692-7292; 717-783-5135; {www.pccd.state.pa.us}.
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Free Legal Help If Your Child Is Suspended or Expelled From School
"Zero Tolerance" and other school system disciplinary practices can place your child's education in jeopardy if you are not aware of your rights. Your first meeting with the principal on such matters can actually serve as a trial for your child's future. The School House Legal Services of Baltimore, Maryland provides free attorneys and paralegals to represent Maryland families in these matters. Maryland has an income limit for representation that is about $30,000 for a family of four, but information about the process is free. If you don't live in Maryland, contact your local Legal Services Office or your State Department of Education listed in the blue pages of your phone book for more information and help. School House Legal Services can be reached at Maryland Disability Law Center, 1800 N. Charles St., Suite 202, Baltimore, MD 21201; 410-727-6352.
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Get Rid of Neighborhood Troublemakers Without the Police, For Free
Some states allow local community groups to get tenants or property owners thrown out of the neighborhood - under civil laws, not criminal laws - if they are involved with drugs or are a nuisance to the community. It's easier to enforce a civil law than a criminal law. Which is probably why O.J. Simpson lost his civil trial, but won his criminal trial. The Community Law Center in Maryland provides free legal assistance to communities in Maryland to enforce these laws. Their services are free to non-profit community groups who seek to rid their neighborhood of troublemakers. To find out if your community has similar services, contact your state Attorney General's office listed in the blue pages of your phone book. The Community Law Center can be reached at 2500 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218; 410-366-0922; Fax: 410-366-7763; {clawc@aol.com}.
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10,000 Lawyers That Work For Free
If your income is less than $32,000 (for a family of 4), it's worth checking out the pro bono legal services that are available in your state. And even if your income is more, it's worth checking because some of these services have flexible requirements depending upon your situation and the problem involved. Every year tens of thousands of lawyers volunteer their services to people who need help with almost any kind of problem. For a listing of pro bono organizations in your state, contact your state bar association listed in your state capitol. The state capitol operator listed in the blue pages of your phone book can provide you with a number, or you can contact: American Bar Association 750 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611; 312-988-5522; {www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono}.
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Free Legal Help With Family, Consumer, Housing, Income, Work, Children and Senior Citizen Issues
Legal Services Corporation is a collection of over 269 government supported local offices that provide free legal services in their area. Over 5000 attorneys and paralegals are available to individuals and families that are under certain income limits. The maximum income can be up to $30,000 for a family of four, or even more depending on certain financial obligations. To find an office near you, contact your state capitol operator listed in the blue pages of your phone book and ask for the Legal Services Office or contact: Legal Services Corporation, 750 First Street NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20002; 202-336-8800; {www.lsc.gov}.
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Help For Families Fighting For Veterans Benefits
Through low cost publications, training courses and other services, for 25 years the National Veterans Legal Services Program has been helping veterans get their due. Current publications include: VA Claims, Agent Orange, and Veterans Family Benefits. Contact: National Veterans Legal Services Program, P.O. Box 753, Waldorf, MD 20604-0753; 301- 638-1327; 800-688-5VET; Fax 301-843-0159; {www.nvlsp.org}.
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Free Lawyers Will Fight For Your Rights
We've all heard of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). They have over 300 offices around the country and handle close to 6,000 cases a year. The ACLU has more than 60 staff attorneys who collaborate with at least 2,000 volunteer attorneys in handling cases. They have appeared before the Supreme Court more than any other organization except the U.S. Department of Justice. If you feel that your civil liberties have been violated, they may take your case. The kinds of issues they are most currently active in include: woman's rights, reproductive freedom, workplace rights, AIDS, arts censorship, capital punishment, children's rights, education reform, lesbian and gay rights, immigrants' rights, national security, privacy and technology, prisoners' rights, and voting rights. Contact the local ACLU office listed in your telephone directory or the main office website can provide you with a local contact: ACLU - American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004-2400; {www.aclu.org/action/chapters.html}.
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Your Family's Rights Under the New Fair Housing Law: Protecting Families with Children from Discrimination
This book is written by one of the country's leading advocates for children's rights. It shows how to tell if families with children have been discriminated against in housing and what to do about it! A great guide for parents, as well as advocates who work with families.1990 (ISBN: 0-938008-74-9. $4.75, plus $2.00 postage). Contact: Children's Defense Fund, CDF Publications, 25 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20001; 202-628-8787; Fax: 202-628-8333; {www.childrensdefense.org}.
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Free Legal Help With Sexual Harassment at Work Or School
Free assistance to women and girls who are facing sex, or race discrimination, sexual harassment at work or at school, pregnancy, discrimination, or problems with family medical leave and other employment issues related specifically to women. The staff offers information and answers questions, and occasionally can draft "demand" letters, demanding that an employer or other person or organization stop doing something. In some circumstances, they can help you pursue internal grievance or administrative procedures, and in some precedent-setting cases, they will provide legal representation. Contact: Equal Rights Advocates, 1663 Mission Street, Suite 250, San Francisco, CA 94103; 415-621-0672; Fax: 415-621-6744; Advice and Counseling Line: 800-839-4ERA; {www.equalrights.org}.
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Help For You Or Your Child With A Learning Or Physical Disability
The disability laws not only cover people with disabilities that everyone can see. It's also for children who aren't getting the education they need from the local school, or for the cancer patient who feels discriminated against at work. A free hotline will help you learn about your rights, help you enforce them, and will even handle some high impact legal cases. Contact: Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc., 2212 Sixth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710; 510-644-2555 V/TTY; Fax: 510-841-8645; {dredf@dredf.org}; {www.dredf.org}.
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Free Legal Help For Breast Cancer Patients
If you are a breast cancer patient living in California, you maybe eligible to receive free legal assistance on issues such as:
* Debt collection problems with hospital and doctor bills.
* Barriers to access to diagnosis and treatment.
* Negotiations with insurance carriers for coverage and payment options.
* Housing discrimination.
* Employment discrimination.
* Temporary guardianships or modification of custody arrangements.
If you don't live in California, ask them if they are aware of similar services in your area. Contact: Breast Cancer Legal Project, California Women's Law Center, 3460 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1102, Los Angeles, CA 90010; 213-637-9900; Fax: 213-637-9909; {cwcl@cwcl.org}; {www.cwlc.org/}.
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Free Legal Assistance For Domestic Violence Problems
Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, you can call the hotline and not only get access to sources that will solve your immediate problem, but also get information and sources in your area that can explain your legal options and get you through the legal process. Contact: National Domestic Violence Hotline, P.O. Box 161810, Austin, TX 78716; 800-799-SAFE; TTY: 800-787-3224; {ndvh@ ndvh.org}; {www.ndvh.org}.
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Free Women's Law Centers
Rich or poor, women in Maryland can get free telephone help in filling out the forms to represent themselves in family court matters that are simple and uncontested. The hotline number is 800-845-8550 and it operates Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Or women can call the hotline for information on family law issues, such as, how to obtain a separation, child custody, child support, and how to escape domestic violence. Contact: The Women's Law Center of Maryland, Inc., 305 West Chesapeake Ave., Suite 201, Towson, MD 21204; 410-321-8761; {admin@wlcmd.org}; {www.wlcmd.org}. Women in the state of Washington can call a free legal Information and Referral line that is staffed with attorneys and paralegals to respond to questions about family law or employment. They also can receive legal rights publications including Sexual Harassment in Employment and Education; Family Law in Washington State: Your Rights and Responsibilities; and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren; A Legal Guide for Washington State. You can also attend free legal workshops, or receive help in filling out legal forms, and free legal consultations in domestic violence cases. Contact: Northwest Women's Law Center, 119 South Main St., Suite 410, Seattle WA 98104-2515; 206 682 9552; Fax: 206 682 9556; Legal Information and Referral: 206-621-7691; {NWWLC@nwwlc.org}; {www.nwwlc.org}.
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Free Help With Welfare Rights
Over 157 local organizations around the country fight for the rights of low-income people on welfare. These organizations can be a good place to turn to insure that you are getting the proper benefits, and for knowing your rights in dealing with the bureaucracy. You can contact your local social services agency to locate an office near you or the website for the Welfare Law Center that contains a directory of all the organizations. Contact: Welfare Law Center, 275 Seventh Ave., Suite 1205, New York, NY 10001; 212-633-6967; {Email: dirk@welfarelaw.org}; {www.lincproject.org/lid/lid.html}.
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Free Legal Help To Fight Your Union At Work
If you feel your rights have been violated by compulsory unionism, or you simply have a question about your Right to Work, legal experts are available for free to help answer your questions. Contact: The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, 8001 Braddock Rd., Springfield, VA 22160; 800-336-3600; {www.nrtw.org}.
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Free Legal Help To Fight For Your Home Schooling Rights
The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) provides legal help for members on home schooling issues. Families receive legal consultation by letter and phone, and representation for negotiations with local officials, and court proceedings. HSLDA also takes the offensive, filing actions to protect members against government intrusion and to establish legal precedent. On occasion, HSLDA will handle precedent-setting cases for non-members, as well. Contact: HSLDA, P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134; 540-338-5600; Fax: 540-338-2733; {www.hslda.org}.
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Free Legal Rights For Women's Issues
The National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund (NOW LDEF) has a hotline that provides free information and referrals on women's issues including reproductive rights, violence against women, economic justice, and gender equity in education. They also provide low-cost legal guides, some of which are available free on the Internet, on the following topics:
* A Guide to Court Watching in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases
* Divorce and Separation
* Domestic Violence and Child Custody
* Employment Sexual Harassment & Discrimination (Spanish)
* Incest and Child Sexual Abuse
* Pregnancy & Parental Leave
* Sexual Harassment in Housing
* Sexual Harassment in the Schools
* Sexual Harassment in the Schools: A Blueprint for Action (Spanish)
* Stalking
* Violence Against Women
* How to Find a Lawyer (free)
Contact: NOW LDEF, 395 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014; 212-925-6635 (9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST); Fax: 212-226-1066; email your question to {Email: astrubel@ nowldef.org}; {www.nowldef.org}.
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Free Legal Help For Pregnant Teens Discriminated In Honors Society
Feminists for Life of America, along with the ACLU, got the a federal court to rule that two high school seniors, whose school denied them National Honor Society membership because they became pregnant and chose to give birth, must be admitted into the society. For free legal information on these kinds of issues, contact Feminists for Life of America, 733 15th St. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005; 202-737-FFLA; {www.serve.com/fem4life/index.htm}.
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Free Consulting Services In Sex Discrimination Law Suits
If, as a woman, you feel discriminated against in higher education, the Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) may be able to help by providing financial support for sex discrimination lawsuits. LAF organizes a network of volunteer attorneys and social scientists who consult with women on legal strategy, informational resources, and the strength of current or potential lawsuits. To find out if you're eligible, please contact: AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund, Dept. LAF.INT., American Association of University of Women, 1111 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036; 800-326-AAUW; Fax: 202-872-1425; TDD: 202-785-7777; {E-mail: info@aauw.org}; {www.aauw.org}.
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Legal Assistance for Overseas Teachers
Free legal aid is available for teachers employed in U.S. Department of Defense schools overseas and are members of the Federal Education Association (FEA). The FEA legal staff conducts arbitration and other legal actions to insure the rights and benefits of teachers. Contact: Federal Education Association, 1201 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-822-7850; Fax: 202-822-7867; {Email: FEA_Legal/Pres@odedodea.edu} (legal office, president); {www.feaonline.org}.
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Free Legal Help On Civil Liberties and Rights
The Rutherford Institute defends people who have been denied civil and human rights without charging them for such services. The issues they cover include civil liberties, religious freedom, parental rights, and sexual harassment. You may remember them from their involvement in the Paula Jones case. If you need legal help, contact The Rutherford Institute, Legal Department, P.O. Box 7482, Charlottesville, VA 22906; 804-978-3888; {www.rutherford.org}.
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Free Help Collecting Child Support
An association of concerned parents helps others learn about their rights and the remedies available for collecting what is due to them. Some services are free, others are for those who join for only $20. They can show you that you don't need to use a professional collection agency, and they will even contact officials on your behalf. Contact: Association for Children for Enforcement and Support (ACES), 260 Upton Ave., Toledo, OH 43006; 800-537-7072; Fax: 419-472-5943; {www.childsupport-aces.org}.
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Free Legal Help for Lesbians, Gay Men and People With HIV/AIDS
Lambda carries out carries out legal work on issues such as discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and the military; HIV/AIDS-related discrimination and public policy issues; parenting and relationship issues; equal marriage rights; equal employment and domestic partnership benefits; "sodomy" law challenges; immigration issues; anti-gay initiatives; and free speech and equal protection rights. If you are seeking assistance with a legal matter, contact one of the offices listed below. They can guide you to a solution or help you directly:
-National Headquarters, Lambda, 120 Wall Street, Suite 1500, New York, NY 10005-3904,
212-809-8585, Fax: 212-809-0055
-Western Regional Office, 6030 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3617, 323-937-2728, Fax: 323-937-0601
-Midwest Regional Office, 11 East Adams, Suite 1008, Chicago, IL 60603-6303, 312-663-4413, Fax: 312-663-4307
-Southern Regional Office, 1447 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 1004, Atlanta, GA 30309-3027,
404-897-1880, Fax: 404-897-1884
Lambda's website is {www.lambdalegal.org}.
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Free Legal Latino Help
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and promote the civil rights of the more than 29 million Latinos living in the United States in the areas of education, employment, political access, and more. They take cases to court and provide other legal help for the Latino community. Contact: MALDEF, 634 South Spring St., 11th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014; 213-629-2512; Fax: 213-629-0266; {www.maldef.org}.
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Paralegals Offer Legal Work at 75% Discount

The only things a paralegal can't do that a lawyer can, is give legal advice and represent you in court. That means they can file uncontested divorce papers, family court petitions, wills and probate, power of attorney, bankruptcy, incorporation. etc. There are states where paralegals can represent clients in cases like those involving evictions or government agencies. And if you are seeking a legal opinion from an attorney, you may want to get a paralegal to research the law for you, so that you can make your own decisions. Remember 50% of all lawyers lose their cases in court. So why pay $200 an hour for a lawyer, when you can get a lot of the same services done for less than $50 and hour. Paralegals are in the yellow pages and you can contact your state or local paralegal association by contacting the national association that can give you a local contact. For more information, contact National Federation of Paralegal Associations, P.O. Box 33108, Kansas City, MO 64114; 816-941-4000; Fax: 816-941-2752; {www.paralegals.org}.
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Discrimination Because You're A Woman, Pregnant, Person of Color, etc.
There's no need to take harassment or bullying on the job. Here is your chance to fight back. If you believe you have been discriminated against by an employer, labor union, or employment agency when applying for a job or while on the job because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, you may file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). For more information, contact Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1801 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20507; 800-669-4000; {www.eeoc.gov}.
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Fight Your Bank, Credit Card Company, Etc.
Finding the right bank, savings and loan, or credit union means figuring out your own needs first. How much money can you keep on deposit and how many checks will you write? Examine your future loans and savings needs, as well as look at the convenience of the financial institution, its service charges, fees, and deposit and loan interest rates. You can contact one of the following offices to learn more. These offices will also help you if you think the bank is messing with your money. National Banks- banks that have the word "National" in their names or the intitals "N.A." after their names
-Comptroller of the Currency, U. S. Department of the Treasury, Customer Assistance Group, 1301 McKinner St., Suite 3710, Houston, TX 77010, 800-613-6743, {www.occ.treas.gov}
-FDIS-Insured Banks, Office of Consumer Affairs, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,
550 17th St., NW, Room F-130, Washington, DC 20429, 202-898-3542, 800-934-3342, {www.fdic.gov}
-Savings and Loans, Office of Thrift Supervision, U.S. Department of Treasury, 1700 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20552, 202-906-6000, 800-842-6929, {www.ots.treas.gov}
-State Banks: Contact your State Government Banking Commissioner located in your state capital (look in the blue pages of your phone book or contact your state capitol operator listed in the blue pages of your phone book).
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Housing Discrimination
Buying your first home is a very exciting time. But for many, house shopping is more than an eye opening experience. Some people are not shown houses in particular neighborhoods or are denied a home because of their sex, race, or living arrangement. If you feel you have been treated unfairly, contact office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th St., SW, Washington, DC 20410; 202-708-4252; 800-669-9777; {www.hud.gov}.
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Retailers, Mail Order Companies, Auto Dealers, Contractors, Etc.
You go to a store to get the best price on the gift for Uncle George, only to learn that the store is out of stock despite the product being advertised in the paper. Did the salesman try to get you to buy a higher priced item? You could be the victim of the old bait and switch scam. Is the paint peeling off of the new toy doll you bought your daughter? Problems dealing with your car dealership or car repair shop? (This is the number one complaint heard.) What about the contractor that has yet to finish the job? There are ways to deal with all these problems and get them resolved to your satisfaction. You just need to pull in the big guns. The States' Attorney General's Offices (listed in the blue pages of your phone book) have Consumer Protection Offices, and many also have separate offices that handle only car complaints. They will take your complaint and try to help you get the satisfaction you deserve. For other problems contact:
* Defective Products - contact Consumer Product Safety Commission, 5401 Westbard Ave., Washington, DC 20207; 800-638-2772; {www.cpsc.gov}.
* Contractor or Licensed Professional Problems - contact the state Licensing Board for the profession located in your state capitol. You can contact the state operator listed in the blue pages of your phone book for assistance in finding the office.
* Mail Order Problems - contact the U.S. Postal Service, Public Affairs Branch, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 3140, Washington, DC 202060; 202-268-5400; {www.usps.gov}.
* Fraud Issues - contact Federal Trade Commission, Public Reference, CRC-2480, Washington, DC 20580; 202-382-4357; {www.ftc.gov}.
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Lawyers, Accountants, Pharmacists, Doctors, Real Estate Agents, and Other Professionals
Lawyer over-charging you? Do you feel you have been mistreated by your doctor? These issues and more are handled by the agency or board that licenses that particular profession. Whether it is your accountant, real estate agent, doctor, dentist, or other professional, you can contact the licensing board directly to file a grievance. These boards will then help you to resolve the problem. To locate the correct board usually located in your state capital, contact your state operator listed in the blue pages of your phone book.
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Where to Get Help to Stop Sexual Harassment
Call "9 to 5" if you experience any of the following at work:
* Suggestive comments about your appearance
* Unwanted touching or other physical contact
* Unwanted sexual jokes or comments
* Sexual advances
Sexual harassment is not only offensive, it's against the law. It is illegal even if the harasser is not your boss, even if he is not threatening that you will lose your job if you don't go along. 9to5's toll free job problem hotline and trained job counselors give information and support to thousands of working women. If you decide to pursue a legal remedy, contact your state discrimination agency or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (look in your phone book for the field office closest to you). The federal agency covers workplaces of 15 or more. State law covers workplaces with fewer employees. Contact: 9to5, National Association of Working Women, 1430 West Peachtree St., Suite 610, Atlanta, GA 30309; 800-522-0925.
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How An Abuser Can Discover Your Internet Activities (And what you can do about it)
The American Bar Association's (ABA) Commission on Domestic Violence has issued a warning concerning possible threats to you if an abuser has access to your e-mail account and thus may be able to read your incoming and outgoing mail. If you believe your account is secure, make sure you choose a password he or she will not be able to guess. If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing e-mail messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. Additionally, the messages may constitute a federal offense. For more information on this issue, contact your local United States Attorney's Office. For more information about what you can do, and the efforts of the ABA's Commission on Domestic Violence, please contact American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, 740 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005-1022; 202-662-1737/1744; Fax: 202-662-1594,
{E-mail: service@abanet.org}; {www.abanet.org}.
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Emergency Shelter, Housing & Counseling For Violence Victims
If violence is ripping your life apart, you have nowhere to go, and you do not know how to reclaim your life, the YWCA, the nation's leading provider of shelter and services to women and their families can help you! In the United States, more than 650,000 people come to the YWCA each year for services and support overcome violence. For more information about the services offered in your state, contact your local YWCA. The YWCA takes a holistic approach to helping women escape, recover from and prevent violence in their lives and the lives of their families. Many local YWCAs offer programs and services including emergency shelter for women and children, transitional housing, support to victims of rape and sexual assault, individual and group counseling, peer support, self-defense training, programs for batterers and legal advocacy. Contact: YWCA of the U.S.A., Empire State Building, Suite 301, 350 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10118; 212-273-7800; Fax: 212- 465-2281; {www.ywca.org}. National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE; hearing impaired 800-787-3224.
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Lawyer's Referral Service
The American Bar Association's lawyer referral service is designed to assist you in finding the appropriate service-provider to help you solve your legal problem. There are two steps to this process: first, helping you determine whether you need to see a lawyer, and second, referring you to a lawyer who handles your type of case or to an appropriate community or governmental agency if that will be of more help to you. Lawyer referral can also provide you with information on procedures in the courts and legal system in your community. When you contact lawyer referral, be prepared to briefly describe your situation so that the consultant can determine what kind of help you need. Lawyer Referral does not offer legal advice or free legal services. If you are referred to an attorney, you are entitled to a half-hour initial consultation at no charge, or for a nominal fee that goes to fund the lawyer referral service's operation. If additional legal services are required, you may choose to hire the lawyer. It is important to discuss legal fees and costs with the lawyer. We strongly recommend that you and the lawyer sign a written fee agreement, so that there is no question about what services the lawyer will perform, and what those services will cost you. Contact your state Bar Association listed in your state capitol or The American Bar Association, 541 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago, IL 60611; 312-988-5522; {E-mail: service@abanet.org}; {www.abanet.org}.
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When All Else Fails
People forget that they can turn to their representative or senators for help resolving a complaint. You vote these people into office, and most of them want to stay there. They know that if they can help you, then you and your family will vote for them in each and every election. Their offices have case managers whose job is to cut the red-tape and push your case through quickly. Look in your phone book for their local office or you can call U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515; 202-224-3121; {www.house.gov}; or U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510; 202-224-3121; {www.senate.gov}.
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Free Legal Assistance and Referral
The New York Bar Association has established a toll free number 1-877-HELP-321 for victims of the terrorist attacks to call for free assistance with law related questions. The NYSBA staff will refer callers who are in need of emergency legal service to a joint task force of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York County Lawyers Association. This program provides direct pro bono legal assistance and lawyer referrals. The NYSBA will also waive it consultation fee to victims and their families who seek legal advice regarding insurance and estate planning. The may also visit their web site at www.nysba.org/wtc for "Mass Disasters: Answers to Frequently Asked Legal Questions." An example of a question and answer posted here is, "How do I secure a death certificate when my wife's body hasn't been found?" The NYSBA is also offering services for displaced lawyers including office space assistance and job connections. Contact The New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207; 212-626-7373 (in NYC); 518-463-3200; {www.nysba.org}.
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Free Legal Assistance in New Jersey
The New Jersey State Bar Association and Bar Foundation have established a Mass Disaster Response Program hotline number, 1-888-541-1900, for victims and families of the World Trade Center disaster. The program provides relevant information to disaster victims about how to find available assistance and resources, how the legal system works with respect to individual needs, and how to find a lawyer and address legal issues in probate, workers compensation, insurance, personal injury, bankruptcy and other areas. Contact New Jersey State Bar Association, One Constitution Square, New Brunswick, NJ 08901; 732-249-5000; Fax: 732-249-2815; {www.njsba.com}.
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Free Legal and Financial Help for Widows
Widows Harvest Ministries is a Christian based non-profit service organization that assists widows in a number of areas. The widows they most typically help are at least 60 years old, live in an urban/high crime area, own their own home and lived on a fixed income. Widows Harvest help with providing friendship; legal, financial and personal counseling; assistance with utility and medical bills; transportation for groceries and doctors' appointments; and home maintenance and repairs. Widows Harvest Ministries, P.O. Box 2307, Chattanooga, TN 37409; 423-266-8060; Fax: 423-266-0260; {E-Mail: info@widows.org}; {www.widows.org}.
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Free Legal Counsel for Crime Victims
The National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) maintains a referral database of over 10,000 organizations that provide crisis intervention, information, criminal justice assistance, counseling, support groups and legal counsel. An affiliate of the Center is the National Crime Victim Bar Association. The Association has attorneys and expert witnesses in almost every state for victims involved in civil actions. The Center also provides victims with direct assistance and information on public policy. The Website has extensive information on a wide variety of topics and includes a free online library of related reading. Contact National Center for Victims of Crime, 2000 M Street NW, Suite 480, Washington, DC 20036; 202-467-8700; 800-FYI-CALL; 800-211-7996 (tty/tdd); Fax: 202-467-8701; {www.ncvc.org}; {Email: ddeskins@ncvc.org}.
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Free Assistance in Finding Public Records
The New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association has offered free assistance to any victim, or family member of a victim, of the World Trade Center Disaster with retrieval of any publicly available vital record or document, anywhere in the United States. This service will be provided to legal professionals and disaster relief service agencies that represent disaster victims and their families. Professional process servers are familiar with the procedures in obtaining these documents and can do so expeditiously. Contact New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association, P.O. Box 39, Trenton, NJ 08601; 800-862-5565; Fax: 800-742-2997.

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