Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office

In-person Manhattan CLARO programs are suspended due to COVID-19 until further notice. Manhattan CLARO is currently providing some legal advice by telephone to a limited number of individuals with consumer debt issues. If you are experiencing a consumer debt issue in Manhattan, please contact us at (929) 388-0885. For consumer debt issues in other counties, please visit the county-specific webpages for more information.


We recommend that you contact CLARO as soon as you become aware that there is a case against you, if possible before filing your Answer with the Court. If you have already filed your Answer don't worry, just contact CLARO as soon as you can - the earlier the better. And if you only realize there's a case against you once a default judgment has been entered and your wages or bank account are being garnished, it's not too late - CLARO can still help.

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For further information

If you have any questions about the Manhattan CLARO program we'd be happy to answer them. Please contact:

Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School
Mondays from 12pm - 2pm
(929) 388-0885

What to Gather:

  • A complete copy of your court file, which you can get from the Clerk's Office
  • Any court documents you have
  • Any other documents relating to your debt