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St. Peter’s Health Partners Offers Legal Aid for Patients

Patients with serious medical conditions often encounter legal problems that are barriers to their recovery. For example, patients with advanced cancer may need legal assistance relating to social security benefits, housing, employment, wills, advance directives, and custody.

A year ago, St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP) joined with the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York (LASNNY) and Albany Law School to form a “Medical-Legal Partnership” (MLP). The MLP creates a synergy between healthcare providers and attorneys by offering legal services to low-income patients with qualifying, health-related legal difficulties. SPHP’s on-site attorney, Alexis Kutski, Esq., is backed by the expert staff of LASNNY, a comprehensive anti-poverty, civil legal services program. If Ms. Kutski is not able to handle a matter, it may be referred to one of her LASNNY colleagues. Patients may also be referred to Albany Law Clinic and Justice Center.

SPHP MLP has provided legal services for dozens of patients facing serious illnesses such as heart disease, liver failure, lung cancer, and more. Ms. Kutski has had 55 cases this year and her caseload is steadily growing.

For more information, contact Alexis Kutski, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, at (518) 375-3469 or at akutski@lasnny.org.