LSEM's Elder Law Program handles a variety of civil problems that affect seniors who are economically and socially disadvantaged (those 60 years of age or older). 60+ clients are served throughout LSEM's 21 counties by staff members throughout LSEM who have the best expertise in the substantive area of the legal problem the senior is facing.
LSEM prioritizes senior services in areas which are critical to a person's survival, health and safety, e.g., housing (rental and homeownership), public benefits such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, Medicare, consumer, family law issues including guardianship of adult disabled children or minors. The Elder Law Program also handles simple wills, powers of attorney and health care directives for those who cannot afford an attorney—often working with LSEM's Volunteer Lawyer Program to place such cases with volunteer attorneys in the St. Louis region.
LSEM's Elder Law Program also provides community legal education for seniors and community groups and agencies serving needy seniors. Several publications are available, including a Senior Citizens Handbook (PDF) regarding laws and programs affecting seniors, and a handbook on the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords entitled You and Your Landlord (PDF).
For more information:
If you are hoping to become a client of LSEM because you need help on a civil legal problem, please call LSEM at 314-534-4200 or 800-444-0514 and ask for intake to determine whether LSEM can help you.
Please contact Jeanne Philips-Roth, Associate Director for Client Services and Coordinator of LSEM's Elder Law Program to arrange for community education (314-534-4200).