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Legal Counsel for the Elderly




Helping Seniors in Washington, D.C.

(Video) Legal Counsel for the Elderly 40th Anniversary: Legal Counsel for the Elderly celebrates 40 years of service to DC’s most vulnerable seniors. Our mission and services are told through the eyes of four of our clients.

Championing the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C.'s elderly by providing free legal services to those in need – empowering, defending and protecting vulnerable seniors.
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Legal Services

LCE handles cases for Washington, D.C. residents who are age 60 and older. We also handle Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability cases for D.C. residents age 55 and older. LCE handles most types of civil (not criminal) legal matters. Where we cannot help directly, we refer clients to someone who can.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

The D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is an important part of Legal Counsel for the Elderly. Ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing home, assisted living facilities, community residence facilities and residents in their private homes. Ombudsmen work to resolve complaints of residents and to bring about resolution, including changes at the local, state and national levels to improve residents’ quality of care and quality of life. Read More

Senior Medicare Patrol

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) programs, help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries detect, avoid and prevent health care fraud. In doing so, they not only protect older persons, they also help preserve the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Read More


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Office Location
601 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20049

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Legal Hotline

Long Term Care Ombudsman

Home and Community Based Services

Senior Medicare Patrol

Media Relations
JoAnn Mangione

About Us

For 40 years, LCE has championed the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C.'s elderly by providing free legal and social work services to those in need – empowering, defending and protecting vulnerable seniors.



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Pro Bono Projects: We have a backlog of 80-100 seniors on our waiting list for a pro bono attorney to prepare wills and/or powers of attorney. Additional pro bono projects may range from non-litigation to litigation.

Systemic Reform Projects: Please agree to lead or assist a systemic reform project that will benefit many elderly, low-income seniors. Projects may include litigation, drafting legislation, research, advising multiple clients on a systemic issue, and/or writing instructional materials for lawyers and clients.  See All Pro Bono Opportunities


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