Law Clinics

Elder Law Clinic

With the nation’s population aging, elder law has become one of the fastest growing areas of law practice. Since the mid-1970s, students in the Elder Law Clinic have provided free legal advice and representation to individuals aged 60 and over in the seven West Alabama counties of Bibb, Greene, Hale, Fayette, Lamar, Pickens, and Tuscaloosa. Last year, the clinic, under the guidance of clinic director Hugh Lee, assisted over 800 elderly persons. Legal assistance includes all necessary assistance and advocacy in matters such as health care,Medicare,Medicaid and other public benefits, protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation, advance directives and durable powers of attorney, will drafting, consumer fraud, and a broad array of other civil legal needs. The Elder Law Clinic also provides education on elder law matters to community and nursing home residents and operates an informational website at www.law.ua.edu/elderlaw.

Organization Name: Elder Law Clinic-The University of Alabama School of Law

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 870392, Tuscaloosa 35487-0392

Physical Address: The University of Alabama School of Law, 101 Paul Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa 35401

Phone number: (205) 348-4960

Are you a non-profit? Yes

Do you accept donations? Yes, through the University of Alabama Law School Foundation

Are donations tax-deductible? Yes

Do you provide direct client services? Yes

Brief description of services provided: The Elder Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to individuals 60 years of age and older residing in West Alabama. Assistance is limited to non-criminal matters and is provided according to a set of priorities. As a Title III legal provider, there is no fee for the services and no income qualification required. How do clients qualify for your services? By contacting the clinic at (205) 348-4960 or 1-800-452-9036.

Program description: The University of Alabama School of Law’s Elder Law Clinic provides legal advice, assistance, and representation on civil matters to persons 60 years of age or older residing in Pickens, Hale, Bibb, Fayette, Lamar, Greene, or Tuscaloosa county. Through its student and staff attorneys, the Elder Law Clinic provides legal assistance on matter such as: nursing home issues; Medicaid/Medicare; Social Security; consumer fraud; housing; public benefits; elder abuse and exploitation; probate; and health care planning and decision-making.