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Legal Services in Atlanta & the Metro-Atlanta Area

Legal aid for pro se and self-represented litigants

Elderly Legal Aid

Elderly Legal Assistance Program

Website:

https://aging.georgia.gov/tools-resources/elderly-legal-assistance-program

Address:

2 Peachtree Street, NW

33rd Floor

Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone:

404-657-5258

Information: 

  • Civil matters only
    • NO criminal penalty (restitution, fines, or imprisonment)
       
  • Provides Georgians 60 years and older to receive access to lawyers and paralegals who provide representation in non-criminal legal cases, information on many issues of interest to seniors, and community education to prevent harm that may be caused by not having legal assistance
     
  • Elderly Legal Assistance Program (ELAP)’s services are provided in every county and addresses issues like:
    • Income
    • Consumer protection
    • Abuse, neglect and exploitation
    • Healthcare
    • Housing
    • Long-term care

 

  • Program services include:
    • Legal information
    • Legal counseling
    • Case representation
    • Legal education sessions to help older Georgians prevent more costly, time-consuming legal problems

 

  • ELAP is required to help those who are:
    • 60 years of age and
    • In great need of social and/or economic need
    • Limited English-speaking persons and
    • Rural or Low-income minorities.
    • People young than 60 who meet certain income and resources requirement should look into Georgia Legal Services Program and/or Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

 

  • List of Programs:
    • Senior Community Service Employee Program: provides part-time community service work & training for Georgia’s unemployed low-income seniors’ age 55 and older to help them obtain paid employment.
      • 404-657-5332
    • Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: improves the quality of life of residents in nursing and personal care hoes by acting as an independent advocate
    • GeorgiaCares: The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) where certified counselors help consumers understand Medicare issues, choose Medicare health and drug plans, and long-term care insurance.
       
    • Elder Rights & Advocacy Programs: legal services, elder abuse prevention programs & health insurance counseling.
       
    • Georgia’s Aging & Disability Resource Connection: a one-stop-shop for consumers’ aging and disability-related information, counseling, referral, and planning needs.

 

 

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