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SeniorLAW Center

Two Penn Center, Suite 1501
1500 JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

215-988-1244 (phone)
215-988-1243 (fax)
http://seniorlawcenter.org/
info@seniorlawcenter.org
  • 215-988-1242 (Local) 877-727-7529 (877-PA-SR-LAW)
  • To improve the lives of older Pennsylvanians and protect their rights through legal representation, education and advocacy.
  • On issues of import to the lives of older Pennsylvanians, including elder access to justice, elder abuse and financial exploitation, reverse mortgages, grandparent custody and voting rights.
  • Income guidelines: seniors with the greatest economic and social needs
    Age guidelines: 60 years old or older
    Geographic guidelines:
    *Extended representation: Philadelphia County
    *All 67 counties of PA for legal advice, information, counsel and referral services (limited representation)
  • Phone intake: M, T, W, Th 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Walk-ins: T & Th – Legal Emergencies Only, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Note: Victims of abuse and violence are seen as a emergencies at any time the office is open.

    In-person intake appointments are also made for monthly community legal clinics at partner venues throughout Philadelphia. See www.seniorlawcenter.org for dates and contact information.

    In-person intake for eligible participants of Mercy LIFE program are available onsite at MLP days and times. See www.seniorlawcenter.org for dates and contact information.

    Potential clients speak with a legal staff member or volunteer who takes initial demographic information and a statement of legal issue, with extended follow-up by staff attorney or volunteer attorney who screens for eligibility, then assesses legal merit of those seeking extended representation and either provides legal advice and limited representation or completes intakes. These intakes are then reviewed by or under the supervision of the Legal Director and assigned to a legal staff member or referred to a volunteer attorney who specializes in that area of law. If client’s case is an emergency, a response is within 24-48 hours.

    Home, hospital, nursing home and hospice visits and services are available on a limited basis for homebound, chronically ill and severely disabled elders with critical legal issues.

    Language Line available for all services.
  • For Extended Representation:

    Housing: forward and reverse mortgage foreclosures; home repair contractor disputes and fraud; landlord/tenant matters; real estate taxes and real estate tax foreclosures; deed transfers; tangled title probates; utility shutoffs during moratorium period; and demolition and other property damage issues.

    Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence: protection from abuse and other protective matters including ejectments, defiant trespass, revocations of POAs, Representative Payee status (Social Security) and Fiduciary Status (VA benefits); investigation and prevention of financial exploitation including scams, identity theft, unauthorized access and use of bank accounts, credit cards, other credit vehicles; spousal support for victims of domestic violence.

    Family Law: custody and support for grandparents and other kinship caregivers.

    Advance Life Planning: with panels of volunteer attorneys, drafting of simple wills, living wills, financial and health care powers of attorney.

    Consumer Protection: contracts and warranties; fraudulent/unfair sales practices; small claims and unfair debt collection; credit reporting problems; private health/hospital insurance; and private pension issues.

    PA SeniorLAW HelpLine: All areas of Pennsylvania and some federal civil law.
  • Homeowners Assistance Program: Addressing the needs of low-income elderly homeowners in Philadelphia, enabling them to maintain their homes and remain in their communities, helping them to lead safe, independent lives and expand their long-term care options by providing legal services, education, and advocacy.

    KinC.A.N. (Kinship Caregiver Assistance Network): Provides representation and education for grandparents and other seniors acting as caregivers for, or seeking custody of minor relative children, many of whom have been abandoned, neglected or abused by birth parents.

    MLP for LIFE: in partnership with Mercy LIFE (Living Independently for Elders), this medical-legal partnership for LIFE program participants provides onsite legal advice, information and referrals and allows community intake for extended representation for nursing home eligible seniors aging in place at home by accessing medical, social, rehab and legal services through the LIFE program. See www.seniorlawcenter.org for more information.

    Neighborhood Legal Clinics: held monthly at several community partner sites throughout the city, focused primarily on minority and veteran communities. See www.seniorlawcenter.org for details, dates and addresses.

    Pension Rights Project: partnering with Mid-America Pension Rights Project to handle a variety of issues related to pension benefits, including eligibility and vesting, military pensions, union pensions, 401(k) plans, and survivor, divorce and common-law marriage pension benefits.

    Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline: a free and confidential telephone service, staffed by attorneys, providing legal information, advice and referrals to seniors 60 years and older throughout Pennsylvania. The Helpline addresses a wide variety of legal issues, including elder abuse, consumer problems (credit, debt, bankruptcy), health care (including Medicare Part D), estate planning, government and private pensions, family law (including divorce, custody, support), housing, financial exploitation and many other areas of civil law.

    Philadelphia Landlord Tenant Help Center: court-based services of free legal information, advice, and limited representation to unrepresented, low-income individuals of all ages who are facing eviction and other legal rental housing problems in Philadelphia.

    Planning to Age with Dignity: provides life planning and advance decision-making document drafting for low-income seniors, including health care and financial POAs, living wills and simple wills.

    Project S.A.F.E. (Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation): combats various forms of elder abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly through direct services, training, community education, professional outreach and advocacy.

    Protecting Older Veterans Who Once Protected Us: serving the wide-ranging needs of vulnerable Philadelphia veterans 60 and older, their widows/widowers and other senior family members who are victims of crime and elder abuse with a range of focused, collaborative victim services and resources, addressing their continuum of needs, including safety, health, shelter, and economic security.

    Strengthening the Economic Security of Older Victims of Domestic Violence: provides comprehensive, expanded, holistic legal services to older survivors of domestic violence to ensure their safe housing and financial independence, free from financial manipulation by their abusers, including: legal actions to assist survivors in having their abusers removed from their homes; spousal support actions; legal assistance with housing issues (including fraudulent deed transfers and ejectments); legal assistance to prevent or address abuse by Social Security Representative Payee, Veterans Fiduciary and/or agent under Power of Attorney; providing information on and assistance with emergency and other financial assistance; connecting them to resources to address additional needs resulting from the victimization, including food, clothing and shelter, resources to change locks, install security bars and other immediate safety needs.

    Other Services: Advocacy through participation on task forces, councils, roundtables, coalitions and committees concerned with aging, access to justice, poverty, women’s rights, domestic violence, intergenerational families, equality and other key issues. Community and professional education workshops on legal issues affecting the elderly. Law student training for students who work at SeniorLAW Center to develop skills in client counseling and representation, negotiating, advocacy, research and legal writing and elder law issues. Many diverse pro bono programs, practice groups, Life Planning Clinics, and other pro bono opportunities.

  • Karen C. Buck, Esq.
  • Wendy Bookler, Esq.
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