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Legal Counsel for the Elderly
601 E St. NW 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20049
lce@aarp.org

Main Number: 202-434-2120
Legal Hotline: 202-434-2170
Long Term Care Ombudsman: 202-434-2190
Senior Medicare Patrol: 202-434-2099

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Pro Bono Opportunities

DC-Licensed Attorneys Only

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AVAILABLE CASES

Case 1a:  Pro Bono Wills & Powers of Attorney for Seniors Capable of Visiting Your Office Please agree to handle an elderly, low-income senior’s pro bono will and powers of attorney for health care and finance. LCE will provide you sample forms and a comprehensive client interview sheet, as well as step-by-step instructions for supervising the execution of a will and advance directives for clients who are capable of visiting your offices. We have a backlog of seniors on our waiting list. Please agree to help a needy senior with these vital documents.

 

Case 1b: Pro Bono Wills & Powers of Attorney for Homebound Seniors  Our home visit attorney is seeking DC licensed lawyers who may be interested in preparing pro bono wills and powers of attorney for homebound, frail seniors in the District of Columbia. Please let us know if you are interested in helping her.

 

Case 1c:  Bono Wills and Powers of Attorney for Spanish-Speaking Attorney  Please agree to handle an elderly, low-income, Spanish-speaking senior’s pro bono will and powers of attorney for health care and finance. We have six clients on our waiting list for a Spanish-speaking volunteer attorney.

Case 73: NEW! Litigation in D.C. Superior Court Against Senior Seeking Damages Years After Barring Order  After this low-income senior moved into her subsidized apartment in November 2010, she complained to her landlord about an unauthorized occupant in the building who was verbally harassing her. Management then barred the unauthorized occupant from the apartment building. Almost four years later, this client asked the landlord to consider withdrawing the barring because the man had ceased all harassment. After management withdrew the barring notice, the man commenced a lawsuit against the elderly client, seeking $50,000 in damages! Legal Counsel for the Elderly would like a law firm to represent this senior to defeat this meritless complaint. The D.C. Superior Court judge is likely to grant a Motion to Dismiss on the grounds that the statute of limitations has expired, and management, not the tenant, issued the barring order. The case is set for an initial hearing Sept. 26, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.

REQUEST A CASE

To request a pro bono case from the list above, please email vlp@aarp.org. If you would like to be removed from this list, add another lawyer or update your email address, please email us at vlp@aarp.org. For your protection, your representation on an LCE pro bono case would be covered under Legal Counsel for the Elderly's legal malpractice insurance. For this reason, we closely monitor all referred matters until their closure. Periodically, our volunteers will contact you by email to obtain a status report on your pro bono case.

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Charitable Giving: Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions 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. Help us continue to help them. You can support LCE by donating online. Designate Legal Counsel for the Elderly under CFC #31866 and United Way #8808. Help us help those in need in the District.

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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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