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Michigan Seniors Legal Hotline 1-800-347-5297

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What Does an Elder Law Attorney Do?
Elder law attorneys are advocates for the elderly and their loved ones. Most elder law attorneys handle a wide range of legal matters affecting an older or disabled person, including issues related to health care, long term care planning, guardianship, retirement, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and other important matters.

In many ways, elder law attorneys are "specialists" because of their focus on the needs of older adults, which are often different and more specialized than the needs of younger adults. Not only can they handle important financial and estate planning matters, they also take care of day-to-day issues affecting the actual care of seniors, such as assisted living and life planning.

In addition, elder law attorneys are often more equipped to handle the sensitive emotional and physical needs of older or disabled adults, and are therefore able to handle a variety of challenging situations.
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Administration on Aging (AoA) Legal Assistance Programs and Services
funded under the Older Americans Act (OAA) are designed to empower older persons to remain independent, healthy, and safe within their homes and communities, for as long as possible. Legal assistance and elder rights programs work in conjunction with other AoA programs and services to maximize the independence, autonomy and well-being of older persons. Click AoA  for more information on Legal Assistance. 

Elder Law of Michigan Inc. ~ Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors
3815 West St. Joseph, Suite C-200
Lansing, MI 48917    

Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. (ELM) is a nonprofit charitable organization that promotes and protects the rights, health, and economic well-being of older adults and people with disabilities by providing information, advocacy, legal advice, and professional services.

  • We provide information, legal advice, training, and professional service.
  • Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill — The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging created this guide for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Click here for the free PDF of the booklet. 

~ “America’s Partner for Equal Justice” is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. 

Helping Military Families~ StatesideLegal.org—the first website in the nation to focus exclusively on federal legal rights and legal resources important to veterans – is funded by an LSC Technology Initiatives Grant. This free service enables military families and veterans to access a wide array of legal information and assistance. The Department of Veterans Affairs, in a directive, encourages use of the website in connection with service to homeless veterans.

National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center ~ LSC has a long history with helping victims of natural disasters. LSC has built a national network of experience and expertise—including legal services providers and national organizations such as the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—to help programs better serve victims when disasters strike.

Legal Services of South Central Michigan
1118 A South Telegraph Road
Monroe MI 48161

What does Legal Services of South Central Michigan do? 

  • Provides free civil legal assistance to low income persons with emphasis on homelessness prevention, domestic violence prevention, assisting in accessing health care, food, and needs-based income programs.
  • Is part of a network of agencies providing services to the community’s most vulnerable members. 
  • Engages in systemic advocacy to help alleviate the barriers and hurdles faced by low income individuals. 
  • Provides general civil legal services to low-income persons and senior citizens.  
  • Prioritizes urgent and critical cases that often result in keeping families safe, preserving their homes from illegal evictions or foreclosures, maintaining economic stability, and obtaining support for children. 
  • Helps vulnerable populations with legal problems, such as protecting the elderly from unscrupulous contractors, helping persons with disabilities access medical care and other services that make an important difference in the lives of vulnerable people.

4095 Legacy Parkway, Suite 500
Lansing, MI  48911

Provides services in the following legal areas:  Disability rights, HIV/AIDS rights, Children's Disability and Special Education rights, Employment rights, Housing Rights, abuse & neglect, Social Security benefits. 
1126 South Telegraph Road
Monroe MI 48161 

Assists with civil legal problems such as housing, Medicaid, Medicare, income maintenance, administrative and governmental issues, wills, deeds, power of attorney for seniors 60 years of age and older residing in Monroe County. 
Additional Information and Resources

Michigan Legal Help ~ Self Help Tool
The Michigan Legal Help website was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. There are helpful articles you can read to learn about a specific area of the law and toolkits and checklists to help you prepare to represent yourself in court. Automated forms can be completed when you answer simple questions. If you need more help, you can search for a lawyer or community services in your area. 
National Guardianship Association — offers answers to important questions about guardianship as well as provides certification and education for guardians. for an informative Q & A on guardianship. 
The National Legal Resource Center (NLRC) serves as a centralized access point for a national legal assistance support system serving professionals and advocates working in legal and aging services networks. These professionals can benefit from the case consultation, training, technical assistance, and other legal resources offered by the NLRC. 

 The following websites have useful information 
on elder law and include searchable directories of attorneys.

National Elder Law Foundation www.nelf.org
Eldercare Locator is a free service of the U. S. Administration on Aging to help people locate services for seniors and caregivers in any part of the country. Call 1-800-677-1116 or visit the Eldercare Locator web site, www.eldercare.gov

Center for Elder Rights Advocacy provides a state-by-state listing of legal hotlines. For more information, please call 1-800-347-5297

***Please Note***
These links and listings are meant to be a resource guide for those looking for resources in our community. 
This list is not all inclusive of those resources available in our community.  

The Monroe County Commission on Aging makes no specific endorsement of these listings, links, or services. 
Please feel free to contact our office with any changes or corrections.

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