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LCE Operations in Response to COVID-19

At Legal Counsel for the Elderly, our top priority is the well-being of our clients. We are monitoring developments closely and are taking precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health agencies.

While LCE’s physical office space is closed, we are working remotely, and continue to support the legal needs of the 60+ community in the District of Columbia and those in long-term care facilities and receiving home and community-based services in DC.

LCE is:

  • Conducting client appointments via telephone, with further correspondence through email, fax, U.S. mail, and overnight delivery. 
  • Continuing to make court appearances when required (many cases have been continued, please check with your attorney to verify). In lieu of appearing in person, we advise clients to appear by phone.
  • Operating our Legal Hotline as usual for advice and brief services, and to make referrals and schedule phone appointments for additional LCE services, when appropriate.
  • Receiving and investigating long-term care facilities and home healthcare complaints via telephone and email, and handling emergencies as they arise. 

To protect the health of LCE clients, staff and volunteers, until further notice:

  • In-person client appointments are suspended.
  • LCE’s Office of the DC Long-term Care Ombudsman volunteer visits to facilities, outreach activities, and non-essential staff visits to facilities and private homes are suspended.

  • All legal clinics, including Schedule H are suspended, as well as other legal outreach events and Senior Medicare Patrol events.

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Tenant Advocacy and Support Practice

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

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Consumer Protection and Homeownership Preservation Practice

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

LCE Client, Ms. N

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.

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The Legal Hotline

Legal Counsel for the Elderly’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;
  • District of Columbia D.C. home adaptation program, “Safe at Home.”
LCE Hotline Intake Specialist, Claudia Sepulveda

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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

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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.