free legal help for seniors

UPDATED Nov. 26: All sessions for 2019 have now been filled. Please call the Council on Aging at (541) 678-5483 for information on legal assistance events in 2020.

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The Council on Aging of Central Oregon and Legal Aid Services of Oregon are working together to offer legal help to low-income older adults living in Central Oregon. These services are provided to adults 60 years and older with preference to those in greatest social and economic need, with particular attention to low income, minority and frail individuals.

The next legal assistance sessions will be held in Redmond on Thursday, December 5, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. with attorney Steve Bryant, at the Redmond Senior Center, located at 325 NW Dogwood Avenue. To schedule an appointment in Redmond and to get more information, call Tia Linschied at 541-548-6325.

Legal help is also available in Prineville on Tuesday, December 10th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with attorney Andrea Shartel, at the Prineville Soroptimist Senior Center, located at 180 N. Belknap. To schedule an appointment for the Prineville session and to get more information, call Melody Kendall at 541-447-6844.

Legal assistance in Madras will be available on Tuesday, December 10th from 9 a.m. to  12 p.m. with attorney Don Reeder at the Jefferson County Community Center, located at 860 SW Madison. To schedule an appointment in Madras and to get more information, call Louise Muir at 541-419-1275.

Legal help will also be available in Bend on Friday, December 13th, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with attorney Matt Matrisciano, at the Council on Aging office, located at 373 NE Greenwood Avenue. To schedule an appointment for the Bend session and to get more information, call Bonnie Hall at 541-678-5483.

Some of the services offered by our volunteer lawyers include assistance in the following areas: rental issues, collection of money through small claims, creditor concerns, domestic relations issues, and estate planning and probate issues. Lawyers meet with clients for free half hour consultations. Seniors may retain volunteer lawyers to do additional legal work beyond the consultation for a fee if they choose.  

Legal Aid Services of Oregon currently serves low-income seniors in the following priority areas: housing, abuse protection orders, public benefits, and some defense of guardianships. Other needs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. There is no attorney fee for accepted cases. Intake hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Intake is done in person at the Central Oregon Regional Office in Bend at 42 NW Greeley Avenue, and by phone at (541) 385-6944.

The Council on Aging is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and coordination of services for older adults throughout Central Oregon. For more information about local resources for older adults and their unpaid caregivers, call the Council on Aging at (541) 678-5483, visit the Council on Aging website at www.councilonaging.org, and follow the Council on Aging’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CouncilOnAgingOfCentralOregon

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