The senior and disabled members of our community face a variety of issues. These range from estate planning and decedent’s estates issues; public benefits such as Social Security and Medicare; conservatorship and related issues for those unable to care for their own personal, health or financial matters; and a variety of legal issues related to discrimination and public accommodations.
Seniors and Disability
APS investigates reports of elderly and dependent adults in danger due to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or hazardous or unsafe living conditions; can serve as an advocate for elderly and dependent adults in situations with landlords, doctors, hospitals, and other social services.
Legal Services of Northern California
Free legal assistance and brief services by phone for Sacramento residents age 60 and over on almost any civil issue including estate planning, probate, grandparent rights, landlord/tenant law, pension law, Social Security, and public benefits. Free legal assistance for Sacramento grandparents/caregiver relatives age 55 and over, or low-income grandparents of any age, on custody or visitation of grandchildren. Free legal assistance for Californians of any age with pension or retirement issues.
505 12th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Free mediation sessions by telephone for civil disputes.
McGeorge School of Law
3455 Fifth Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817
Academic year only. Typically open for intake during June/July and November/December for one to two weeks.
Certified law students provide legal advice and undertake representation of low-income individuals 60 and older in the greater Sacramento area. Priority cases include nursing home residents’ rights, alternatives to conservatorships, Social Security, Medicare, Medi-Cal, SSI, health care access, housing, elder abuse, advance health care directives, and simple estate planning tools.
The Sacramento County Public Law Library has links to some of the forms useful in dealing with health and financial management. The Judicial Council creates others. For other situations, you may need to create your own forms. Our Legal Research Guides & Step by Steps have instructions and samples for many commonly-used forms.
The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Many guides provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedure
Sacramento County Superior Court requires prospective conservators to view an approved videotaped presentation on the duties and responsibilities of conservators. (Local Rule 4.40).
After viewing the video, complete the Sacramento County local form:
Verification that Video Tape of Conservator’s Duties has been Viewed (PR-E-LP-020)