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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

Legal Counsel for the Elderly

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 76:  NEW! Affirmative Housing Conditions Litigation in D.C. Superior Court’s Landlord Tenant Branch & Follow Up for Damages in the Small Claims Division  Before visiting LCE, this industrious senior issued a demand letter to her landlord in July 2014, which led to a resolution of most of her housing repair issues. However, certain housing code violations persist; her apartment’s community room and possibly her apartment are plagued with visible mold, and the senior’s unit is riddled with flat bugs. The landlord’s inspector found “no mold,” despite its visible presence in the common areas. Therefore, the client must refute this finding by submitting a report of her own. LCE seeks a law firm to underwrite the cost of an expert report, as necessary since the client has her own report, to confirm the existence of the mold. On Oct. 11, 2014, a new D.C. law will become effective, which provides for reimbursement for such inspections if the report yields a finding of mold on the premises. Legal Counsel for the Elderly seeks a law firm to file an affirmative housing conditions case, requesting that the judge issue an order for repairs. The filing procedures are straightforward. Once the landlord remedies the housing code violations, the volunteer attorney will be asked to seek damages against the landlord on behalf of the aggrieved client in D.C. Superior Court’s Small Claims Division. We have a well-developed file to provide a pro bono attorney, containing photographs and LCE’s internal investigation. This case presents an excellent opportunity for a law firm associate to help a senior in need, while gaining invaluable experience in two forums within the D.C. Superior Court.

Case 77: Aggrieved Tenant Seeks Representation in DC Superior Court’s Small Claims Division to Obtain a Rent Waiver for Period of Displacement and Damage This low-income senior has resided in a HUD-subsidized apartment for over 10 years. She had several repair issues and housing code violations in her apartment, including a malfunctioning living room window, a hole in her kitchen wall that was roughly covered by plywood, and problems with her heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system spewing dust. Moreover, water damage from a burst pipe in the building as a whole forced this senior to move out of her unit and stay at her sister’s home. LCE wrote a demand letter that led to repairs. The client now seeks to be reimbursed for the subsidized rent that she paid during her period of displacement and while these problems persisted. The landlord waived a few months of rent for other tenants in the building as well as gave them gift certificates; however, the landlord has declined to provide similar relief to our client. The supervisory attorney of LCE’s housing unit will be pleased to mentor an interested attorney. This excellent pro bono matter will enable a more junior attorney to gain valuable experience appearing in small claims court and having substantial client contact.

Case 78: New! Great Litigation Opportunity for Junior Associate! Aggrieved Tenant Seeks Legal Representation in D.C. Superior Court’s Small Claims Division to Recover Damages Against Her Landlord for Water and Mold Damage in Her Apartment. This low-income senior’s subsidized apartment has had HVAC water leaks, which caused mold to develop on her living room carpet. Legal Counsel for the Elderly’s investigator photographed the mold and water leaks in the unit, and then issued a demand letter to the landlord on Sept. 26, 2014. Unfortunately, the landlord agreed only to replace her carpet even though this elderly D.C. resident is concerned that mold persists and was not fully remediated in her apartment. She seeks compensation for the cost of her sofa, which she was forced to discard after it sustained substantial water damage. The supervisory attorney of LCE’s housing unit will be pleased to mentor an interested volunteer attorney. This terrific pro bono matter will enable a more junior attorney to gain valuable litigation experience and have substantial client contact.

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 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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