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Municipal Employees Legal Services

MELS webinars offer free legal tips & now available online

MELS, the union’s Municipal Employees Legal Services, held three webinars in December to help hundreds of union members and retirees learn the latest information on New York real estate, housing, tax deductions, credits and filing tips, and free, contactless tax preparation for low-income earners.

Members can also check out the DC 37 blog for information on the Feb. 28 MELS Divorce Webinar and the MELS Family Law Webinar held on March 30.

Real Estate Webinar
More than 175 DC 37 members and retirees joined the MELS virtual Real Estate webinar on Dec. 13. You can view the Real Estate Webinar at:
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Tax Webinar
Three hundred DC 37 members and retirees watched the MELS Tax Webinar on Jan. 26, as legal experts discussed taxable income, earned income tax credit, tips, and more. You can view the Tax Webinar at:
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Housing Webinar
On Jan 31, more than 150 DC 37 members and retirees watched the virtual MELS Housing webinar. John Bart, Co-Supervising Attorney of the MELS Housing Unit, led the discussion and explained how Housing Court and evictions have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar also focused on how to handle harassment and retaliation, rent stabilized and unregulated apartments, Mitchell-Lama housing, NYCHA, rental assistance programs, and more. You can view the Housing webinar at:
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For more information on the free legal services the union provides, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212.815.1111 or email