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
916 551-2140 or 800-222-1753
Free legal advice and assistance to those age 60+ on almost any civil issue. Common issues are tenants’ rights, estate planning, grandparent’s rights, pensions, and public benefits.
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.
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.
505 12th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Legal Services of Northern California
HICAP Services of Northern California offers the following free basic services: Counseling and Advocacy, Legal Representation and Referral Services, and Community Education. Our services are available to residents in El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties regardless of income or age.
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Call for assistance. Advice on rights, some legal representation available for disability-related legal matters.
DRC can help you with problems like:
- Rights to basic support, personal care, therapy and health care such as Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and Medi-Cal
- Discrimination in housing, transportation, employment and access to public and private programs and services
- Abuse, neglect and rights violations
- Services and supports in the least restrictive environment, dignity, privacy, choice and other basic rights
- Special education
- Access to vocational rehabilitation services
- Mental health and support services
- Regional center eligibility and services
- Voter registration, accessible vote casting and voting places
- Access to technology – like communication devices and power wheelchairs
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.