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Legal Counsel for the Elderly

The Legal Hotline Provides Free Advice

D.C. residents age 60-plus get attorney assistance with questions and problems

The Legal Hotline of Legal Counsel for the Elderly provides free legal advice, assistance and referrals to all District of Columbia residents 60 years of age or older. The hotline telephone number is 202-434-2170.

See also: Sources of financial help

Callers are directed to our intake specialists, who will gather information including name, address, date of birth, marital status, household members, financial information and a general description of the legal problem or question. They will provide this information to the hotline attorneys, members of the District of Columbia Bar, who will return the call as promptly as workload permits.

The hotline attorney will gather further information about the question or problem, and provide advice or assistance. If the problem requires further legal representation, the hotline attorney can refer the client to one of the LCE staff attorneys or other programs depending upon the nature of the problem as well as program limitations on client income and assets.

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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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