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Legal Counsel for the Elderly
601 E St. NW 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20049
Main Number: 202-434-2120
Legal Hotline: 202-434-2170
Long Term Care Ombudsman: 202-434-2190
Senior Medicare Patrol: 202-434-2099
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 75: NEW! Seeking Pro Bono Attorney to File a Post Appointment to Remove Guardian and Conservator With D.C. Superior Court’s Probate Division This vulnerable senior’s court-appointed guardian and conservator have been derelict in their duties of overseeing their client’s welfare or finances. People have been taking advantage of this elderly D.C. resident. He is 84 years old, and he cannot read or write. A woman in his neighborhood apparently coerced the senior into purchasing a car for her. Another woman pressured him into making her his representative payee for Social Security benefits, and she took several months of his benefits. When the LCE attorney brought these issues to the attention of the client’s guardian and conservator, they were completely unaware of these events. In addition, they had no knowledge that the client’s water had been disconnected for nonpayment. (After LCE informed the conservator of the utility shutoff, he paid the bill.) It does not appear that the conservator is adequately handling the client’s finances. The client further contends that the conservator is attempting to sell his home without his consent, as well another property outside the District. Although the client’s assets put him slightly over LCE’s eligibility limit, LCE waived the limit in this case because of the client’s vulnerability and the public policy issues implicated by the guardian and conservator’s alleged malfeasance. Please agree to help this victimized senior!
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.
To request a pro bono case from the list above, please email email@example.com. If you would like to be removed from this list, add another lawyer or update your email address, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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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