The Department for the Aging (“NYC Aging”) contracts with local organizations to provide free legal services for older New Yorkers without access to private representation under a program called the Legal Assistance for the Elderly Program. This program provides free legal services to older adults aged 60 years and older in all five boroughs, in multiple languages. The program aims to assist clients with a variety of legal issues including, but not limited to:
Some of the scenarios in which older adults find themselves needing legal support through this program include those who are institutionalized or homebound, have chronic health problems, homeless or may become homeless, or are a victim of abuse, neglect or exploitation, or face language barriers.
Local organizations also provide public education to older adults about legal matters so they can be aware of their rights.
To find a find a legal services organization under the Legal Assistance for the Elderly Program, use NYC Aging’s Find Services locator by clicking on “Legal Services” under the “Services” tab, or by calling Aging Connect at 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) for more information.