Legal Help for People Living with HIV

The ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project’s “Positive Individuals and Families Program” serves individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS in all eight (8) counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming).
Through this program, Attorneys Nikole M. Wynn and Sara Stoessel provide FREE legal services*, including, but not limited to:
  • Family law
  • Discrimination
  • Confidentiality
  • Debtor/creditor issues
  • Housing issues
  • Public benefit issues
  • Tax issues
  • Care and Custody Planning (Judicial and non-judicial guardianships, adoptions, etc.)
  • End of Life Planning (Wills, POAs, Health Care Proxies, etc)
*Please note, we do NOT assist with criminal cases.
To qualify for these services an individual must have an HIV or AIDS diagnosis, or a family must have an individual with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis in their household and at least one child in the household under the age of twenty one (21).
Attorneys in the Positive Individuals and Families Project are involved in community outreach and provide training to community members and service providers on the HIV Confidentiality Law, and other issues surrounding HIV status and disclosure. Please contact Nikole Wynn or Sara Stoessel to discuss training opportunities for your clients, staff, and organization.
You do not need a referral to call the attorneys with the “Legal Services for Positive Families & Individuals” program.  You can speak directly with attorneys Nikole Wynn and Sara Stoessel by calling (716) 847-0662 extensions 315 and 319.