Legal Information & Services

Elder law attorneys specialize in meeting the legal needs of older adults and caregivers. They help with matters such as estate and incapacity planning, guardianship and conservatorship, probate, long-term care, and government benefits like Medicare and Social Security. The organizations and programs on this page provide elder law information and legal services.

Click on the v-shaped arrow to the right of each program description to view more information.

This Commission provides elder law information and resources for professionals and the general public.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 662-8690

Email: aging@americanbar.org

Website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_aging/

This website provides information about common legal topics and where to get legal help.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Website: https://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm

This non-profit legal services organization offers information, trainings, and services related to a range of Native American legal issues, including preparing wills for allotment interests and other elder law topics.

Cost: no cost for those who qualify, others can receive services for a fee

Who Is Eligible: individuals who are low income (at or below federal poverty level) and have legal issues or questions of federal Indian law can get free legal services; those who don't meet income eligibility requirements can get services on a fee-basis

Address: 117 J Street, Suite 201, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 978-0960 or (800) 829-0284

Email: info@calindian.org

Website: https://www.calindian.org/

This non-profit organization helps low-income clients with a variety of legal issues, including completing estate and incapacity planning documents, conservatorship, and debt collection defense.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: low income residents of the Sacramento region

Address: 1860 Howe Avenue, Suite 130, Sacramento, CA 95825

Phone: (916) 551-2106

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://capitalprobono.org/

This non-profit organization is based in Southern California, but the information about senior legal issues is available on its website for anyone to read.

Cost: no cost for online information (some printed guides can be purchased)

Who Is Eligible: anyone can access information from website

Address: 1404 Cravens Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501

Phone: (310) 533-1996

Website: http://www.help4srs.org/legal/

Legal Aid Association of California runs this free website that provides general legal information on a variety of topics. There are pages for senior legal issues, disability, housing, consumer protection, and more.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Website: https://www.lawhelpca.org/

This program provides free legal information and assistance for older adults regardless of income. Types of cases handled include housing, estate planning, grandparents' rights, pensions, and public benefits.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: must live in the service area (includes Sacramento County) and be at least 60 years old

Address: 515 12th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (800) 222-1753 or (916) 551-2140

Email: lsnc.slh@lsnc.net

Website: https://lsnc.net/office/senior-legal-hotline

Law students work under the supervision of licensed attorneys to provide health and elder legal services.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: contact program for eligibility requirements

Address: 2925 34th St., Sacramento, CA 95817

Phone: (916) 340.6080

Email: clsmcg@pacific.edu

Website: https://law.pacific.edu/law/legal-clinics/elder-and-health-law-clinic

An attorney is available to help anyone over the age of 55 prepare a durable power of attorney, advance health care directive, and simple will.

Cost: no cost (a $75 donation is suggested)

Who Is Eligible: anyone over the age of 55

Address: Mission Oaks Community Center, 4701 Gibbons Drive, Carmichael, CA 95608

Phone: Jill Bailey (916) 972-0340, Riva Ballis (916) 972-0339 or Rodney Dahlberg (916) 359-1197

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://www.morpd.com/simple-will-service

Note: must register for an appointment in advance

NAELA is a membership organization for attorneys who specialize in elder law. Anyone looking for a local elder law attorney can search the database for members who practice in their community.

Cost: no cost to search for elder law attorneys (members pay dues and certification fees)

Who Is Eligible: anyone may use attorney database (members must meet certification requirements)

Address: 1577 Spring Hill Road, Ste. 310, Vienna, VA 22182

Phone: (703) 942-5711

Email: naela@naela.org

Website: https://www.naela.org

Anyone looking for a local attorney can request a referral to one or more attorneys vetted by the Sacramento Bar Association.

Cost: $30 for consultations with up to three attorneys (30 minutes total)

Who Is Eligible: anyone needing an attorney in Sacramento County

Address: 8928 Volunteer Lane, Suite 250, Sacramento, CA 95826

Phone: (916) 564-3780

Email: can submit a referral request through the website

Website: https://sacbar.community.lawyer/

This library provides free legal information, forms, and limited legal assistance. There is a section on the website specifically for seniors that includes a Power of Attorney Research Guide on how to authorize someone to act on your behalf. Users can also access incapacity planning forms such as California's Advance Health Care Directive and Uniform Statutory Power of Attorney.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 609 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 874-6012

Email: can send message through Contact page on website

Website: https://saclaw.org/law-101/senior-disabled-topic/

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