Alabama Legal Assistance Program: Safeguarding the Rights of Seniors
The legal problems faced by low-income seniors can be more troublesome than those of any other segment of our population. Relatively minor issues can escalate over time because the elderly in poverty are less likely to seek the assistance of an attorney. This is often because they either don’t realize they actually have a legal problem or they simply don’t have the cash resources to pay for services.
The goal of the Alabama Legal Assistance Program, administered locally by the United Way Area Agency on Aging, is to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance available to vulnerable older individuals, and thereby protect their autonomy, dignity and independence. The program assists seniors by helping them understand their rights; exercise choice; meet essential needs of income, shelter, health care and nutrition; and maintain their rights promised and protected by law.
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