Legal Aid Society

Leave a Legacy of Justice

Since 1876, The Legal Aid Society, with help from our supporters, has fought to ensure that every New Yorker, regardless of poverty, can access justice, impacting the lives of millions of people.

We can’t know what the future will look like in NYC, but we do know that The Legal Aid Society will be needed, and we will be there, ready to provide low-income New Yorkers with free, quality legal services. You can be a part of that future by leaving a legacy gift today.

Join our 1876 Legacy Circle

Include The Legal Aid Society in your legacy plans– in your will, estate, or as a beneficiary of your IRA, retirement funds, or other giving vehicles– and we will warmly welcome you into The Legal Aid Society’s 1876 Legacy Circle.

As a member, you will be recognized in our Annual Report and receive invitations to events with our Legal Aid experts and leadership, like special briefings with our CEO and Attorney-in-Chief. And most importantly, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your gift will ensure that our work will endure for generations.

If we are already part of your legacy plans, let us know by completing this brief online form or by phone at 646-531-1969 or email at

Plan Your Legacy

You have many options when considering a legacy gift to The Legal Aid Society. Two of the most common are listed below:

Will or Trust

To include Legal Aid in your will or living trust, we suggest the following language:

“I give to The Legal Aid Society a not-for-profit institution incorporated by the laws of the State of New York, having as its principal address 199 Water Street, New York, NY 10038, federal tax ID #13-5562265. [the sum of $______ or _____% of my estate or residuary estate] to be used for its general purposes.”

Beneficiary Designation: IRA or Retirement Accounts

To include The Legal Aid Society as a beneficiary of your retirement, IRA or life insurance policy follow these 3 easy steps:

  • Contact your retirement plan administrator, insurance company, bank, or financial institution for a change-of-beneficiary form. Decide what percentage (1 to 100) you would like us to receive and name us, along with the percentage you chose, on the beneficiary form. Include Legal Aid’s federal tax ID # 13-5562265.
  • Return the completed form to your plan administrator, insurance company, bank or financial institution.
  • Notify Ayesha Marra, Director of Major Giving and Donor Engagement, at, so we can welcome you as a member of Legal Aid’s 1876 Legacy Circle.

Learn more about IRA or retirement fund giving.

Details you will need for any legacy gift:

  • Legal Name: The Legal Aid Society
  • Address: 199 Water Street, New York, NY 10038
  • Federal tax ID #: 13-5562265

Make a Lasting Impact

Join The Legal Aid Society’s 1876 Legacy Circle today.

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