There are private attorneys in most areas of the state who are
familiar with some or all of the particular legal issues of concern
to older people. For help in reaching a private elder law attorney
in your area, click here.
Area Legal Service Providers
Alabama is divided into thirteen "Area Agencies on Aging"
whose service areas are determined more or less by population. Each
AAA contracts with a firm or attorney who provides a range of free
legal services to many seniors in that area. The federal Older Americans
Act (42 U.S.C. § 3001) provides funds to be used for seniors
in each state. The Administration on Aging sends funds to to the
fifty state senior services offices and state offices make grants
to Area Agencies on Aging. The local AAAs in turn employ or contract
with personnel to provide a variety of services in their communities,
such as caregiver assistance, senior centers, insurance counseling
and a variety of other services. Not all AAAs provide all services,
but all offer legal assistance.
The primary goal of legal providers is to protect the safety, health
and dignity of the most vulnerable seniors, especially those who
are isolated by location or circumstances. Although there is no
charge for services, and there is no income or asset test, the Older
Americans Act requires that first priority be given to those in
the greatest financial, social or health need. For instance, this
could mean representing a poor elderly person who is being evicted
or sued, or perhaps a senior who could afford an attorney but cannot
locate one reasonably nearby who can handle the matter at issue.
Sometimes the AAA lawyer cannot offer representation, but can help
define the need and refer the senior to appropriate resources.
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