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En español | LCE’s Self Help Office (SHO) empowers seniors through advocacy and community partnerships. A legal associate and volunteers provide direct assistance, helping more than 300 seniors each year. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing information for requesting DC government services
  • Providing educational information on various legal topics;
  • Providing self-help guides;
  • Conducting public benefits checkups;
  • Helping  with the preparation of applications for public benefits;
  • Helping  write consumer complaint letters;
  • Providing referrals to social service agencies;
  • Providing information on filing small claims cases;
  • Providing information on small estate probate and recording deeds;
  • Providing information on requests for vital records;
  • Requesting and disputing credit report information

LCE believes there is no substitute for having staff "on the ground" in the community. We serve at six partnering locations:

  • Downtown Cluster/NW
  • Israel Baptist/NE
  • Capitol View Baptist/NE
  • Bread for the City/SE
  • AARP DC State Office/SE


We are unable to accommodate unscheduled appointments. Please call to schedule an appointment at a site near you.


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