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Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

Rating: 4.94 stars   47 reviews 464

Nonprofit Issues:

Human Services

Address:

Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores 330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 123 Redwood City CA 94065 USA

Mission:

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is a private, non-profit law firm created in 1959 to provide free civil legal services to low income residents of San Mateo County who are particularly vulnerable due to age, disability, language, or family violence. Legal Aid’s mission is to help disadvantaged people improve their lives through equal access to justice. Legal Aid provides individual representation, community education, systemic advocacy and strategic collaborative approaches to address legal issues and resolve problems in important areas of basic need including health, housing, income and freedom from violence. Legal Aid is an integral part of San Mateo County’s safety net, collaborating with community agencies, local government, health care providers and many others to provide coordinated services to low-income residents. Legal Aid leverages its resources by recruiting, training, and supervising nearly 400 pro bono attorneys and legal workers who provide thousands of hours of free legal service each year. As an independent legal service provider, the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is not bound by restrictions imposed by federal legal services funding.

Results:

Since our founding hundreds of thousands of vulnerable and low income families have been able to stay in affordable homes and/or overcome food insecurity; children have been able to access health care coverage and medical care; adult, teen and senior survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse have been able to stabilize their lives and live in safety.

Target demographics:

children, families, seniors, persons with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse

Direct beneficiaries per year:

2844 clients in 2014

Geographic areas served:

San Mateo County

Programs:

legal services

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650-558-0915
http://www.legalaidsmc.org

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Reviews for Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County

Rating: 5 stars  

SM Legal Aid was instrumental in assisting my mother with a Landlord/Tenant issue. They helped her understand her rights and advocate for herself. They are leaders and zealous advocates.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a real estate atty in San Mateo Co. Their staff does a great job in protecting the rights of elderly and low income tenants without infringing on the rights of the many individual landlords with small rental properties in the area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is amazing and dedicated to helping so many people in our area. The attorneys and staff of Legal Aid work tirelessly to provide opportunities for those in the community to have access to justice and quality legal services. I know this firsthand, since I worked as volunteer attorney for Legal Aid, and have continued to volunteer over the years.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked for Legal Aid for a little less than one year, but it left a lasting impression on me. Even when I moved to another organization, I have continued to volunteer with Legal Aid. I participate in the Share of Cost clinics and am a volunteer for the annual Golf Tournament. The organization works tirelessly for the residents of San Mateo County. The Share of Cost clinics, which I volunteer for, provide an opportunity to help as many individuals as possible on one afternoon. The clinics bring in individuals who are having problems with their Medi-Cal. Since all of the individuals served at these clinics are elderly, disabled, or both, if they are without Medi-Cal, that can be a death sentence. I have learned that even a small amount of time and assistance from my end can have a dramatic impact on someone's life. The clinics are a very effective vehicle for educating individuals about issues with their Medi-Cal and how to resolve problems on their own, when possible. Legal Aid always assists the individuals fully, and takes many cases per year in an effort to make sure that no one in the county goes without their basic needs (this includes the services provided in the housing clinic and other departments within Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County).

Working as a volunteer for Legal Aid provides an opportunity to give back and make a difference. The organization is filled with lawyers who work for the good of individuals who desperately need assistance.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This outstanding organization provides critical, life changing legal services to those who are in real need. Bravo.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am thrilled to support San Mateo Legal Aid for the terrific work they do to help families in our community obtain the health care and other services to which they are entitled, and protect them from eviction or unsafe living conditions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

LAS of San Mateo County provides critical legal services to the most vulnerable members of our community who otherwise could not afford or access these resources. LAS's exceptional services start with its staff and attorneys, who are caring, committed, and knowledgeable. They constantly go the extra mile without expecting anything in return. Personally and professionally, it is inspirational to see such selflessness and dedication. I can't say enough about the people that make this organization run.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved for several years in helping to support the great work done by the lawyers and staff at LAS; they are among the most caring and dedicated people I have known in the Bay Area working to ensure equal access to top quality legal services to the local community. The breadth of experience, expertise and creativity in solving legal problems is amazing given the relatively small size of the staff and the limited budget they have to work with.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff at Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is absolutely wonderful. So many people have been helped and lives improved because of the work they do. The ripple effect is amazing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of the luncheon and golf committees of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County for a few years, and every year I become more amazed and in awe of what the attorneys and staff do. They help so many in our community who are disadvantaged in so many ways. And by doing so, they are helping the community at large be a better place to live. The ripple effect is enormous. And it’s done without fanfare and with very little. They are an amazing group of people.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been practicing law in San Mateo for nearly 40 years and I have often been involved with legal aid either directly helping a client, or even on the other side of the case. Legal aid has high quality attorneys and staff and they take reasonable approaches to resolve cases to the benefit of all involved.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough good things about the staff at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. They are kind, caring people with hearts of gold. The services they provide to the members of our community fill a need like no other organization in the area. San Mateo County is truly lucky to have a partner in the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County.

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