Legal aid offered to low-income older adults
The Council on Aging of Central Oregon and Legal Aid Services of Oregon are working together to offer legal services to low-income older adults living in Central Oregon, including an upcoming Madras session.
The services are provided to adults 60 years and older with preference to those in greatest social and economic need, with particular attention to low-income, minority and frail individuals.
The next legal assistance sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, with attorney Paul Sumner, at the Jefferson County Senior Center, located at 860 SW Madison St. To schedule an appointment or to get more information, call Louise Muir at 541-419-1275.
Some of the services offered by the volunteer lawyers include assistance in the following areas: rental issues, collection of money through small claims, creditor concerns, domestic relations issues, and estate planning and probate issues.
Lawyers meet with clients for free half-hour consultations. Seniors may retain volunteer lawyers to do additional legal work beyond the consultation for a fee if they choose.
Legal Aid Services of Oregon currently serves low-income seniors in the following priority areas: housing, abuse protection orders, public benefits, and some defense of guardianships. Other needs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. There is no attorney fee for accepted cases.
Intake hours are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Intake is done in person at 20360 Empire Ave. Suite B-3, Bend, and by phone at 541-385-6944.
The Council on Aging, a local nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the development and coordination of services for older adults throughout Central Oregon. For more information about the Council on Aging, visit its website at councilonaging.org or call 541-678-5483.