2006-10-27 / Community

Free Legal Clinic For Area Seniors

Seniors in the New York metropolitan area with legal questions or concerns are encouraged by State Senator Malcolm A. Smith to take advantage of free legal counsel on a variety of aging related issues.

"Seniors have questions on many issues that directly affect the way they live: pensions, retirement, Medicare, landlord/tenant matters, public benefits, legal custody of a grandchild, or grandparents' rights," said Senator Smith. "Thanks to the New York State Bar Association, which is sponsoring a series of free clinics, seniors can sit down with an attorney and get answers to basic legal questions." Senator Smith noted that lawyers who specialize in elder law issues will be seated at individual tables and provide 15 to 20 minute, face-to-face consultations with pre-registered seniors. If a senior's legal problem is beyond the scope of the attorney's knowledge or is too complicated to solve within the allotted time period, the lawyer will direct him or her to additional referral sources.

"Seniors, more than any demographic in our country, are especially vulnerable to issues pertaining to their health and their pocketbook," Senator Smith said. "Speaking with an attorney can not only help them get the answers they need, it also provides peace of mind, knowing that they are informed enough to make decisions that best affect the way they live."

Upcoming senior legal consultation clinics for Queens residents will be offered on Monday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. John's University.

For more information, call Ronald Fatoullah and Associates at (718) 261- 1700.

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