It is Time to Plan for Next Year And We Can Help 

We have added a new feature to the legalhotlines.org website to help you remember all of the important events that are happening.  Check out the events calendar.  Here are a few of the events we have added for you….  Mark your Calendars for Next Year’s Conferences  2018 Equal Justice Conference May 10 -12,

NASLH Elects Officers for Upcoming Term 

By Keith Morris, President, Elder Law of Michigan, Center for Legal Rights Advocacy The National Association of Senior Legal Hotlines held its 2017 annual meeting at the National Aging and the Law Conference, held in Silver Springs, MD a few weeks ago.  Each year, half of the officer positions are

In Regards to Referrals

 By Keith Morris If I were to ask you whether your program does referrals, would you be able to answer that question without a qualifier?  “Yes, and we even do warm handoffs if we can.” “No, but we still give every client at least one phone number for another service.” 

Hotline Referrals to a Legal Aid Program: One Model

By Mike Walters, Legal Hotline Managing Attorney, Pro Seniors, Inc., Project Manager, CERA. Ohio, like many other states, has no umbrella organization conecting the Legal Hotline for Older Ohioans with the six Ohio legal services programs and their non-LSC funded corporate partners.  One of Pro Seniors’ tasks as part of

Expanding Access for Clients: Interstate Referrals to our Senior Legal Helplines

By Mary Haberland, Managing Attorney, Florida Senior Legal Helpline Last month I asked our helplines group to tell me how each of you respond to applications from out-of-state seniors.  As I noted in my request, seniors – particularly younger seniors – travel and relocate freely between our hotline states, taking

CERA Releases 2016 Senior Legal Helplines Annual Report

The Center for Elder Rights Advocacy (CERA) is proud to release the 2016 Senior Legal Helplines Annual Report. This year’s report marks the 9th year that CERA has authored the Senior Legal Helplines Annual Report. Twenty-one of the twenty-six senior legal helplines operating in 2016 (81%) reported data for the

OVC FY 17 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

From the National Center on Elder Abuse: The Department of Justice, through its Office for Victims of Crime and the Elder Justice Initiative, intends to release a $3.25 million solicitation in 2017 entitled OVC FY 17 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation. A brief description of the

When Disaster Strikes – What Senior Clients Should Know and How to Tell Them

by Ellen Cheek, Staff Attorney, Florida Senior Legal Helpline In a February 2016 blog post, Attorney Ellie Lanier explained how understanding the brain in conflict can help Hotline staff serve clients; in particular, she cited a neuroscience acronym – SCARF — which summarizes the threats that trigger the fight or flight

Lessons Learned: Clearing Title and the Obstacle Many Helpline and Legal Services Clients Experience

By Darling Garcia, Director of Operations, Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., and CERA Project Specialist It has been 13 years since I graduated from law school and these years have been filled with rewarding lessons that have allowed me to have personal and professional growth. As a young attorney, I

The Shoshanna Ehrlich Excellence in Senior Legal Hotlines Advocacy Award

Article provided by the National Association of Senior Legal Hotlines Shoshanna Ehrlich retired in 2015 from a twenty-five year career in legal hotlines. Her work was a unique three-dimensional journey viewed through the organizational, historical, and geographic aspects of legal hotline services.  From 1989-1996, she worked at Legal Services of

Vulnerable Seniors are Most Vulnerable During and After a Disaster

By Christopher Jackson, Communications Coordinator, Elder Law of Michigan, and Project Administrator, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy This year, the Federal Government has issued 44 Major Disaster Declarations for natural disasters occurring across the country. Even with substantial warning and preparation for many of these disasters by state and local

Five Ways to Make Your Hotline Disaster-Ready

By Keith Morris, President, Elder Law of Michigan, and Director, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy If there is one thing that I have learned in the past few years, it is to be ready for anything.  We have had to deal with a week-long power outage, a flood, an evacuation

3 Low-Cost Ways to Do Outreach and Education on Elder Abuse

By Keith Morris, President, Elder Law of Michigan, and Director, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy Many of our senior legal hotline programs are starting new model approaches grants, all of them with some focus on addressing the problem of elder abuse.  I thought it would be a good time to

Tales of Senior Car Buyers and the Hotline Attorneys They Call

By Ellen Cheek, Staff Attorney, Florida Senior Legal Helpline Many a consumer regrets an impulsive car purchase (what was I thinking??) or comes to regret the purchase because of the less-than-supportive response of a family member (what were you thinking??)  If it appears that senior consumers in particular suffer from buyer’s

$1 Million ACL Grant to Create a New National Center on Law and Elder Rights

Press release courtesy of the Administration for Community Living ACL’s Administration on Aging announced the release of $1,050,000 to the nationally-recognized senior advocacy organization Justice in Aging to create a new National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER). The NCLER will support ACL’s ongoing efforts to protect the rights, financial
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