The senior and disabled members of our community face a variety of legal issues ranging 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 advice and assistance to those age 60+ on almost any civil issue. Some areas we commonly advise clients on are tenant rights, consumer issues, elder abuse, estate planning, probate, grandparent rights, pensions and retirement benefits, and public benefits (SSI, CalFresh, etc.). We offer community education presentations throughout the county, and coordinate with senior legal services providers statewide.
Services not provided:
No criminal law or assistance with conservatorships.
Eligibility: Must have legal Immigration status
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.
(916) 930-4911 or (866) 413-4911
Services provided: Free assistance to people who live in, or earned an employer-sponsored retirement benefit in CA, AZ, HI and NV. No age or income restrictions. We help clients understand their pension rights, track down retirement benefits from past employers, assist with claims and appeals procedures, advise and interpret spousal and survivor benefits rights, and advise on rights and options in benefit overpayment situations.
Services not provided: No Social Security or VA pensions. No preparation of QDROs. Can assist with submitting prepared QDROs to a pension plan, and can review divorce decrees to determine whether retirement rights were granted.
Eligibility: Must have legal Immigration status.
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)
Videos from courts and attorneys discussing obtaining conservatorships, alternatives to conservatorships, and more. Most information sould apply throughout California, but check with your local court for additional forms and requirements.