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Legal Counsel for the Elderly

Consumer Fraud and Financial Abuse Unit

Protecting consumer rights for Washington, D.C., seniors

Legal Counsel for the Elderly has a long history of protecting consumer rights for seniors in Washington, D.C., having litigated key predatory lending and real property fraud cases for over two decades.

Direct Services

With the twin goals of protecting clients’ home and their sources of income, the Consumer Fraud and Financial Abuse Unit provides direct representation to LCE clients on a range of issues, including:

  • Foreclosure defense
  • Real property fraud
  • Debt collection defense
  • General consumer issues

The unit also houses the Real Property Tax Project, which represents clients who are facing real property tax foreclosures.

See also: Don't lose your home because of unpaid property taxes

Systemic Advocacy

In addition to providing direct services, the unit attorneys make an impact through systemic and policy advocacy. Our attorneys have been involved at the ground level in:

  • The formation of the District’s Foreclosure Mediation Program
  • The creation of a court-based legal services program to protect seniors from abusive debt collection suits
  • Legislative and administrative advocacy on real property tax issues

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PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES

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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