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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 81:  Litigation: Elderly Client Seeks an Attorney to Obtain a Rent Abatement and Relocation Expenses After Housing Code Violations Required Her to Transfer to a New Unit  Mold and water damage persisted in the kitchen, bathroom and living room of the apartment that this low-income senior rented with help from a government voucher. An inspector found substantial water damage to the walls and visible mildew on many surfaces in her unit. Unfortunately, the landlord failed to remedy these deplorable conditions, despite multiple requests. After the landlord failed to reply to LCE’s August 2014 demand letter, Supervisory Legal Aid Attorney Jennifer Berger filed a lawsuit against the intractable landlord in D.C. Housing Conditions Court. LCE was able to help the vulnerable senior secure a transfer voucher to a new apartment that the landlord provided. The client is very pleased with her new, mold-free living arrangement. This low-income senior now seeks a pro bono attorney to commence an action for damages in D.C. Superior Court’s Small Claims Division against the landlord to cover her moving expenses and to secure a rent abatement for the period in which she resided in her former unit with housing code violations. This case presents an excellent litigation opportunity for a law firm associate. Ms. Berger will be pleased to mentor the interested attorney. (Under conflicts review.)

Case 82: NEW!Potential Litigation Against Home Repairman for Breach of Contract and Consumer Protection Law Violations  In February of 2014, this low-income senior was displaced from his condominium after a fire caused extensive damage in his unit.  The senior contracted with an out-of-state home improvement contractor to “complete repairs due to fire damage.”It does not appear that the contractor was licensed in the District of Columbia to perform residential work. The senior paid the contractor approximately $33,000.  However, the contractor has refused to abide by the terms of the contract by performing the work needed to repair the unit. Sadly, this senior has been living in a hotel since the February fire and describes the contractor as “holding [his] life hostage.”  This older gentleman seeks a pro bono attorney to evaluate the contract for possible consumer law violations and breach of contract claims, and to commence litigation, as warranted. Before filing the potential law suit, volunteer attorney will be asked to issue a demand letter to the contractor, demanding that he return all funds to the aggrieved senior.

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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