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Legal Assistance for Elders in Connecticut

Legal Assistance for Elders in Connecticut

Last updated: January 2013

There are five Legal Services offices that provide free counseling and representation on many Elder Law issues (Medicaid and other government programs, patients’ rights, nursing home issues):

Eastern Connecticut
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. (CLS)
872 Main Street
Willimantic, Connecticut 06226
Telephone:  800-413-7796 or
860-456-1761

Western Connecticut
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. (CLS)
85 Central Avenue
Waterbury, Connecticut 06702
Telephone:  800-413-7797 or
203-756-8074

South Western Connecticut
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. (CLS)
211 State Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
Telephone:  800-809-4434 or
203-336-3851

North Central Connecticut
Greater Hartford Legal Aid (GHLA)
999 Asylum Avenue - 3rd floort
Hartford, Connecticut 06105
Telephone: 860-541-5000

South Central Connecticut
New Haven Legal Assistance Association (LAA)
426 State Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06112
Telephone: 203-946-4811

Statewide Legal Hotlines

Statewide Legal Services, Inc. (SLS)
Statewide Legal Services operates a hotline that provides free legal advice on a variety of civil law issues such as housing, including landlord-tenant and foreclosure matters; family problems; public benefits problems, such as Food Stamps, energy assistance, State Supplement and Supplemental Security Income (SSI); and consumer issues, including bankruptcy. If a caller needs legal representation, SLS will refer the person to the appropriate Legal Services office.  SLS also provides a wide variety of educational pamphlets on most common legal problems relating to housing, family, public benefits, and consumer issues.  Please note that seniors in Connecticut are encouraged to call their Legal Services local office rather than SLS.

Telephone:  1-800-453-3320

Consumer Law Project for Elders Hotline
Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. offers seniors with consumer problems free legal assistance through its Consumer Law Project for Elders (CLPE) hotline. The Hotline will provide free advice, representation and referrals to seniors 60 and older with such consumer problems as credit card debt, medical debt, abusive and harassing collection practices and identity theft. Seniors with other consumer problems can also call the hotline for advice.  The Hotline is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Bi-lingual staff are available to speak with Spanish speaking callers.

Telephone hotline: 1-800-296-1467

Other Sources of Legal Assistance

Elder Law - Hartford County
The Connecticut Lawyers Legal Aid to the Elderly is operated by Aetna using volunteer attorneys from Aetna and private law firms. The program serves Hartford County residents with limited income and assets who are 60 or older. They advise and represent clients in consumer matters, small claims, landlord tenant disputes, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income problems, Medicaid, and Medicare. Their attorneys are also available to prepare wills, living wills, and powers of attorney.

Telephone:   860-273-0123

Private Elder Law Attorneys
Private attorneys who specialize in Elder Law in Connecticut can also be located through the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) web site.  There is also an Elder Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, but a list of its members is not available on the web site.

Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA)
CMA is a private, non-profit organization which provides education, advocacy, and legal assistance to help elders and people with disabilities obtain necessary healthcare. CMA focuses on the needs of Medicare beneficiaries, people with chronic conditions, and those in need of long-term care.  Advice, written materials, and legal services are free to Connecticut residents and for a fee to others.  CMA’s staff act as consultants and trainers for groups which are interested in learning about healthcare rights, Medicare coverage and appeals, and/or in developing Medicare advocacy projects.

Telephone: in Connecticut at 1-800-262-4414 or 860-456-7790, or in Washington, D.C. at 202-216-0028.

CT Legal Rights Project
Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc. (CLRP) is a statewide non-profit agency which provides free legal services to low income adults with psychiatric disabilities, who reside in hospitals or the community, on matters related to their treatment, recovery, and civil rights. CLRP represents clients in accordance with their expressed preferences in administrative, judicial, and legislative venues to enforce their legal rights and assure that personal choices are respected and individual self-determination is protected. CLRP develops and supports initiatives to promote full community integration which maximizes opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency.

P.O. Box 351
Silver Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: 860-262-5030
Toll free: 1-877-402-2299

CT Fair Housing Center
The mission of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center is to ensure that all people have equal access to housing opportunities in Connecticut. Because Connecticut’s low-income residents are particularly affected by discriminatory housing practices, the Center devotes its scarce resources principally to assisting Connecticut’s low-income residents. In addition, communities of color have been particularly devastated by the foreclosure crisis. The continued instability that communities of color face in the housing market is particularly troubling because housing and homeownership is the best way for these communities to build their wealth and assets.

221 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-247-4400

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Age 60+: Get help from legal aid.
Under age 60: Find legal help or apply online.
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