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Bridging the Justice Gap for Vulnerable Washington, D.C. Elders

En español | For more than 45 years, Legal Counsel for the Elderly has championed the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C. elders by providing free legal and social work services to those in need. Our work addresses the most important aspects of an older adult’s life, including housing, economic security, self-determination, and health and safety. We impact the lives of nearly 10,000 people annually, while advocating for city-wide reforms in laws, regulations, and long-term care facilities.

Legal Hotline: 202-434-2120

LCE Operations in Response to COVID-19

LCE is operating remotely to address the needs of our clients. Our physical offices are closed for the safety of our clients and staff. 

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What We Do See All

Tenant Advocacy and Support Practice

Legal Counsel for the Elderly’s Tenant Advocacy and Support Practice combines social work, legal and volunteer coordination.

Consumer Protection and Homeownership Preservation Practice

The Consumer Protection and Homeownership Preservation Practice provides direct representation to LCE clients on a range of issues.

Economic and Healthcare Security Practice

The Economic and Healthcare Security Practice works through expanded legal advice and counsel to ensure seniors receive the income, benefits and services to which they are entitled.

The Legal Hotline Learn More

LCE Hotline Intake Specialist, Claudia Sepulveda

LCE’s Legal Hotline provides free legal advice, assistance and referrals to:

  • All D.C. residents 60 years of age or older;
  • D.C. residents 55 years of age or older with Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability issues;
  • D.C. home adaptation program, “Safe at Home.”

Learn How We Serve Our Clients

Our Legal Hotline provides older DC residents with quick access to high-quality legal advice, referrals and intake for representation.

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Volunteer Programs

LCE provides a variety of opportunities for volunteers to engage in fulfilling work helping those who are less fortunate to obtain and maintain their income, housing, health care and independence making a substantial difference in our clients’ lives. Programs include: Senior Medicare Patrol, Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and the Pro-Bono Access to Justice Practice

Charitable Givings

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 low-income seniors. Help us continue to help them.

You can support LCE by donating online.

About Us

Home & Community Based Ombudsman, Albert Reed with LCE client, Ms. T

LCE's staff and volunteers assist more than 6,000 elders each year with monetary benefits totaling over $16 million. More than 800 LCE volunteers, interns and fellows contribute more than 20,000 hours of pro bono service annually.