Many seniors, but particularly those living on the economic margins, are vulnerable to issues such as financial exploitation, abuse or eviction. We create online tools that power new models of collaboration to serve the legal needs of older Americans, including those who are homebound, disabled or isolated.
The Legal Risk Detector is a web-based legal health “check-up” tool, helps social workers, professionals in aging and medical personnel to screen elderly individuals for legal needs and refer them to legal services. By combining high-tech technology with high-touch human support, the Risk Detector enables legal aid programs and community partners to collaborate to spot and address risks to a senior’s well-being. The Risk Detector was developed by Pro Bono Net in partnership with JASA, the Center for Elder Law & Justice and Georgetown University Law Center, and is now in use in five states.
Through our LawHelp Interactive program, we partner with leading civil justice programs to create and host easy-to-use online legal forms to help older Americans, advocates or pro bono volunteers assisting them address issues that impact their well-being and safety. Each year, LHI-powered forms help thousands of low income and vulnerable older Americans create a power of attorney, address guardianship issues, combat abuse and financial exploitation, and more.