What is the
Senior Law Project?
The Senior Law Project (SLP) is a volunteer
lawyer program that is operated by Legal Aid Services of Oregon. The SLP
has provided legal assistance to seniors since 1978. Lawyers initially
meet with clients for 30-minute appointments at nine senior centers in
Can a Senior Law
Project Lawyer Help Me?
SLP attorneys help clients with civil legal
issues. Many times clients do not realize that their problem is a legal
issue and that a lawyer could help. While many of the SLP clients have
issues such as estate planning, consumer problems, and real property
disputes, a lawyer could also assist with the following types of
• At what age should I begin
drawing my Social Security?
• How much money do I need to
take out of my IRA and at what ages?
• What should I do if my
children start talking about conservatorship or guardianship?
• What is a "Power of
Attorney" and can I take it back once I have given it to someone?
• How do I let my doctor know
about my end of life decisions?
Who Can Meet
With a Volunteer Lawyer?
You qualify for a free 30-minute appointment
with a volunteer attorney if you are:
• 60 years or older, or
married to someone 60 years or older;
resident of Multnomah County or have a legal issue in Multnomah County;
• A U.S. citizen
or have legal immigration status.
Free interpreters are available for
non-English speaking clients.
You do not have to meet
income or asset standards for the free 30-minute appointment.
What Does a
30-Minute Appointment Cost?
There is no charge for a
30-minute appointment with a volunteer attorney. All of the lawyers are
donating their time and experience to the project. However, you are
responsible for all out-of-pocket costs such as photocopying costs,
filing fees if a lawsuit is filed or long-distance telephone calls.
What If I Need
Continuing Legal Help?
You will be asked
information about your finances at the time of your appointment. The
volunteer attorneys have agreed to provide continuing free services to
clients who meet the Legal Aid financial standards, have a meritorious
case, and who do not have a fee-generating case. If you are not
eligible for continuing free services and you would like to hire the
volunteer attorney, you can speak with the attorney about his/her
fees. If you would like to find another attorney, you can call the
Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Line at 1-800-452-7636.
Can Legal Aid
Take My Case?
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal services to low-income
people and other special populations. There is no charge for our legal
services; however, most clients must meet our financial standards.
The Senior Law Project has
staff attorneys who specialize in public benefits. Clients who have
problems with nursing homes, adult foster homes, Medicaid, Medicare,
Social Security appeals, and guardianships should call Legal Aid before
calling a senior center. The phone number is: (503) 224-4086.
The Senior Law
Project may be able to arrange for an attorney to visit you in your home
if you are physically unable to go to a senior center. To request a home
visit call (503) 224-4086.
How Do I Make an
Please see the "Legal Clinic
Locations" link in the navigation bar on the left.