New Legal Assistance Project To Aid NYS Seniors

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

  • Edwina Martin
  • Legal Services for New York City

The City Bar Justice Center and Legal Services for the Elderly announce the creation of a new program to bring free legal assistance to all seniors age 60 and older in New York State.

The program assists seniors with advance directives, Medicaid and Medicare issues (including Medicare Part D issues), Social Security and SSI issues, and debt problems. It is also a single point of access for accurate and detailed referrals to other agencies that provide extended legal and other services. The New York Seniors Legal Assistance Project (NYSLA) is made possible by a generous grant from the federal Administration on Aging.

"The Project brings us one step closer to our goal of equal access to justice," said Ann Biddle, deputy director at Legal Services for the Elderly, "and we are thrilled to offer this service to older New Yorkers." NYSLA operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Within NYC, the telephone number is (646) 442-3333. Outside NYC, the number is (866) 382-7955; and it is a toll-free number.

NYSLA also draws upon a cadre of volunteer attorneys across the state. Attorneys interested in volunteering should contact Luz Lualo at

Legal Services for the Elderly is part of the Legal Services for New York City network of providers. The City Bar Justice Center is the pro bono arm of the New York City Bar.