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Posted by on Dec 27, 2012 in Legislation Affecting Seniors, Seniors First San Diego, Sharon Lee | 1 comment

OLDER AMERICANS ACT SERVICES FACT SHEET: Title III-B and Title III-E, Legal and Insurance Advocacy Services and Caregiver Legal Services

What Title III-B; Legal and Insurance Advocacy Services does

Authorizes our staff attorneys and pro bono attorneys to provide consultation and advise to seniors regarding important legal issues such as financial elder abuse, consumer fraud, debt, foreclosures, public benefits, landlord/tenant disputes, and preparation of legal documents such as Wills and Powers of Attorney.

Authorizes our staff attorneys and pro bono attorneys to engage to educate groups of seniors and their families and friends on end-of-life legal documents and various benefits and entitlements.

Clients are:

  • Low income minorities who are seniors
  • Homebound and isolated seniors
  • Seniors, age sixty and over

What Title III-E; Caregiver Legal Services Does

Authorizes our staff attorneys and pro bono attorneys to provide legal services for family caregivers of seniors regarding important legal issues such as income, health care, long-term care, housing, protective services, abuse, and neglect.

Authorizes our staff attorneys and pro bono attorneys to educate the community, seniors, and family caregivers regarding legal issues, benefits, and entitlements for seniors.

Clients are:

  • Family caregivers
  • Frail seniors, age sixty and over
  • Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders

At Elder Law & Advocacy

Staff Attorneys assist seniors at over 30 different community centers all over San Diego and Imperial County.

Staff Attorneys serve and advocate for over 3,750 seniors every year regarding a multitude of legal issues.

Examples of cases and results

A low-income, elderly couple entered into a contract for debt reduction services, paying over $1,000.00 in various, nonrefundable fees. For several months, the debt reduction company did not do any work for the couple. Subsequently, the frustrated couple cancelled the contract. An Elder Law & Advocacy attorney wrote and mailed a demand letter to the company. The company sent a refund of almost $800.00. The couple stated that they were very pleased to receive the check.

A low-income senior had been waiting on a housing list for several years. The senior hoped to obtain housing at a building which offered subsidized rent. The senior was denied tenancy due to an unfavorable background check for an alleged sexual offense committed in another state. An Elder Law & Advocacy attorney discovered that the real sexual offender shared a similar name and same date of birth but was not the client. After the Elder Law & Advocacy attorney provided this information to the housing management, the senior’s housing application was processed promptly. The senior expressed his happiness and relief with the result.

A senior brought her vehicle into the dealership to be serviced. Due to extreme pressure from dealership employees and other salespeople, the senior ended up spending the whole day at the dealership and purchasing another vehicle. The senior has a cognitive impairment. The senior and her family contacted the dealership and financial company multiple times to cancel the contract and even hired and paid an attorney to break the contract. The dealership did not respond to the senior, her family, or to the paid attorney. An Elder Law & Advocacy attorney wrote a demand letter to the dealership. The dealership notified the Elder Law & Advocacy attorney that the contract would be cancelled. The senior and her family felt very grateful for the legal assistance.

By Attorney Sharon Lee

1 Comment

  1. One comment + one question:
    1. Did EL&A not have the right to perform these services in the past? I’m unclear as to what these Title acts provide that is new.
    2. Is this the same Sharon Lee who was an intern in 2009 when I was still working at HICAP? If so, I’m so very pleased to learn that you are at Elder Law…you were an outstanding intern: professional, courteous and kind. Very approachable, and thus I’m sure very comforting to seniors feeling stressed and in need of help.
    Elsa Mejia

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