Legal Assistance for the Elderly

The purpose of the Legal Assistance for the Elderly Program is to assist senior citizens (aged 60 or above) in the service counties with various legal matters regardless of their income. Legal Assistance for the Elderly also offers public education presentations on senior legal issues to senior centers, churches, civic groups, etc. throughout the region.

Eligibility

The senior seeking assistance must contact and retain the legal services attorney for consultation. The attorney will review the senior’s problem or issues to determine whether the problem presented is a type case Legal Assistance for the Elderly can handle under its state-mandated guidelines - i.e. state-determined priorities (such as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, SSI, and financial exploitation), non-fee generating case, ample expertise to handle the issues involved, no conflict of interest, etc. If the case is determined to be one of these, Legal Assistance for the Elderly can handle. It will take steps necessary, including litigation, to somehow resolve the client’s situation.

Location for Services

Legal Assistance for the Elderly conducts telephone or in-person intake for its services. The in-person intake is conducted at senior centers, office on aging/senior nutrition sites, etc. On occasion, a home visit can be made.

Number of Persons Served

In the (15) counties, typically 600+ seniors are served each year.

Source of Funding

Federal funds are made available through the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability.

Counties Served

Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Loudon, Morgan, Monroe, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union.

For More Information Please Contact: Lynette Edwards at (865) 691-2551 ext. 4212 or by E-mail at legal@ethra.org.