Info and Eligibility


Our Summer Hours are as follows:

We are open Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Open Intake

If you meet the eligibility requirements below, the Hiscock Legal Aid Society has an “open door” interviewing policy (no appointments necessary) for civil cases.


Mon: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Tues, Wednes*, Thurs: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

*There are no walk-in hours for uncontested divorces on Wednesdays.

Clients for all other types of cases are seen by appointment.

Residency Requirements

Clients of our Civil Program must be residents of Onondaga County, except clients of certain specialized projects. The Immigration, Cancer and Foreclosure projects serve clients in multi-county regions:

Upstate New York Immigration Law Project: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego , Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, Tompkins

Cancer Legal Advocacy and Services Project: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Ostego, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Tompkins

Foreclosure Prevention Project: Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Cortland

There are no residency requirements for the Family Court, Appeals, Parole and Extradition programs. Cases must originate in Onondaga County and are assigned by the courts. Appeals cases are assigned by the Appellate Division Fourth Department or the New York State Court of Appeals.

Financial Eligibility

All clients must meet financial eligibility criteria that are approved by the Hiscock Legal Aid Society Board of Directors. Criteria are based on federal poverty guidelines. Eligibility starts at $282.94 gross income per week for a single person. Approximately $100.00 per week is added for each dependent. Eligibility criteria differ depending on the type of case. Please call for more information.

Persons receiving assistance from the Onondaga County Department of Social Services or Supplemental Security Income are automatically eligible for services.

For more information, please call 315-422-8191.

Hiscock Legal Aid Society
351 South Warren St.,
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 422-8191
Fax: (315) 472-2819