The Sabine Council on Aging announced a PSA to inform local senior citizens about avenues of help available that they may not be aware of. The Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs offers free legal help to fight for your rights as a senior
Funded by contracts with local Area Agencies and Councils on Aging, in the parishes West of the Mississippi River Acadiana Legal Service Corporation provides free legal aid in civil cases to persons aged 60 and over. It has six offices located in Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Natchitoches, Shreveport. Depending on the kind of problem individuals are provided with legal advice, counseling, materials, or representation. Areas of legal help include consumer and housing law; exploitation or abuse; powers of attorney, wills, and estates; Medicaid, Medicare, TANF, SNAP, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Veteran’s, and FEMA benefits; and many more.
In 2020 it fought for the rights of over 700 of Louisiana’s senior citizens. But in many years, it does not receive enough calls to use all the funding available and reserved just for seniors. If you have a civil legal problem, visit http://www.la-law.org, call the legal aid office nearest you or 800-256-1175 to find out more.
SOURCE: Sabine Council on Aging
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