Legal Assistance  
This service helps older adults with issues concerning government benefits, housing, wills, probate, guardianships, and other legal matters. The Area Agency contracts with the Arizona Senior Citizens Law Project to provide free legal advice, representation, referral and education to older adults, primarily low-income. Home visits are arranged for clients who are homebound or confined to a hospital or nursing home and need legal assistance.  A referral panel consisting of pro bono and reduced-fee attorneys is also utilized.  

The Area Agency also has on staff a full-time attorney to provide legal assistance and guidance to Area Agency clients and program staff on legal issues affecting their clients with specialized needs in many of our programs, such as Care Directions, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Mosaic Elder Refugee Program, ElderVention Ombudsman, DOVES, and Benefits Assistance. The types of legal matters addressed include housing issues, debt problems, immigration/naturalization, health care issues, public benefits, employment, powers of attorney, consumer complaints, nursing home resident rights, guardianship/conservatorship, financial abuse/exploitation, abuse or neglect by caregivers, long-term care issues, domestic relations, grandparent rights, advance directives, wills and trusts, and worker's compensation.

Eligibility: For contracted legal assistance through the Arizona Senior Citizens Law Project, individuals must be 60 years old or older. For in-house legal assistance through the Area Agency on Aging, eligibility is tied to eligibility for the program in which the client participates.

Access to Service:  Call the 24-hour Senior HELP LINE at 602-264-4357.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Area Agency on Aging, Region One, must make a reasonable accomodation to allow a person with a disability to take part in a program, service or activity.  For example, this means if necessary, the Area Agency on Aging must provide sign language interpreters for people who are deaf, a wheelchair accessible location, or enlarged print materials.  It also means that the Area Agency on Aging will take any other reasonable action that allows you to take part in and understand a program or activity, including making reasonable changes to an activity.  If you believe that you will not understand or take part in a program or activity because of your disability, please let us know of your disability needs in advance if at all possible. Please contact the Area Agency on Aging, Region One, at (602) 264-2255.